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elderly women traveling with advanced illness

Traveling with a loved one who has an advanced illness is a delicate undertaking, but with careful planning and support, you can create meaningful memories together. It is important to take the necessary steps to ensure your loved one is comfortable and safe during the trip.

Consult the Doctor: Before embarking on your journey, consult with your loved one’s doctor. Ensure it is safe for them to travel and ask for guidance on what to do in case of an emergency or if their condition worsens while away from home. 

Destination Research: Research your destination ahead of time. Make sure that appropriate medical care will be available at your chosen location. Knowing where to find medical assistance can provide peace of mind during your trip. 

Prioritize Flexibility: When making travel plans, prioritize comfort and accessibility for your loved one. Be prepared to adapt your plans if their condition changes unexpectedly. This flexibility can make a significant difference in keeping them comfortable during your trip. 

Air Travel Considerations: If you plan to travel by plane, contact the airline to discuss how to provide a more comfortable experience for your loved one. In some cases, a letter from your loved one’s doctor may be required to confirm their need for medical supplies such as oxygen or syringes. For patients receiving chemotherapy, decisions about flying should be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Comfort During Travel: Be sure to bring all their medications with you in their original containers and keep them readily accessible. Wearing loose-fitting clothing, staying hydrated, and getting up about once per hour during a long flight can prevent discomfort. 

Hygiene and Precautions: Consider having your loved one wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer before eating any in-flight snacks to reduce the risk of infection, especially when traveling by plane. 

Travel Support from Hosparus Health: If you or a loved one is receiving hospice services and wishes to travel during the holidays or any other time of year, your Hosparus Health team is here to help. In most cases, patients can arrange to continue their hospice care while traveling. Simply inform your hospice team about your travel plans, and they can help identify a qualifying agency in your destination area. They will work in consultation with the patient’s attending physician to ensure all needs are met.  

Feel free to contact us at any time for more information. We understand the importance of making the most of the time you have left with your loved one, and we are here to provide you with the necessary support and advice. By prioritizing their comfort, safety, and well-being throughout the journey, you can have a successful trip and make the most of your moments together. 

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