READ AND SHARE IF YOU ARE PUTTING SENIORS ON PLANES:
I fly with my grandparents as much as possible. I'm a worry wart (runs in the family-just got a call from Gram-Gramps was making sure I was home safe as they left while I was still waiting for my cab tonight) and like to make sure they are okay. Here's a few tips that I would love to see shared as I see many other seniors traveling without companions:
1. ask for a wheelchair assist when you book their ticket-IT'S FREE- & make sure you note on and off plane so that they don't have to walk the jetway.
2. Pack them a sweater-the planes are typically cold and I know for my grandparents reaching up to turn the vents off is difficult
3. You can get wheelchair assist from the moment you arrive at airport-if you aren't going to the gate with them (you can ask when you check them in for a gate pass-some airlines allow it-gets you through security to see them to plane)
4. TIP your wheelchair assistant person-part of their pay is tips and it's not an easy job
5. FOOD-pack them a snack or make sure they have a valid credit card as most airlines do not accept cash.
6. CELL PHONE with your number in it-I can't tell you how many times I have stopped and called someone's family for them because they got off the plane and no one was there --Also, have your name and number on a piece of paper in their wallet to give to someone if they can't find you.
7. Go through the procedure with them-when the plane lands-they stay on the plane til the end and a wheelchair will come get them
8. Let them know that it's okay to ask for help if they need it
9. Kiss them and tell them you love them:)
10. MEDICINE -DO NOT PACK IN THEIR CHECKED LUGGAGE-put it in their carryon-luggage gets lost or stolen:( Also, remind them they can ring their call button or ask another passenger to get the flight attendant for water. If they have different meds-pack a list highlighting for someone else to read and assist with if needed Adding again:) 11. PACK EXTRA HEARING AID BATTERIES
12. Long plane rides are not great for circulation-I prop my gram's legs up on my carryon - and finally one more thing I thought of:
13. ID-when traveling either make their ID very easy to find in their wallet or purchase a neck carrier that holds their passport and ID-it's a bit difficult to have to stop and search for it in the wheelchair