Travel is one of the joys of life. When you travel, you can take a break from your daily routine, gain a new perspective, and recharge and refresh. However, for parents of medically fragile children, vacation can seem like a stressful, or even dangerous, endeavor. Fortunately, just because your child has a medical condition, doesn’t mean that your family can’t enjoy the benefits of travel. The key is to plan ahead. In this blog, we will go over certain essential tips that will help make traveling with your medically fragile child safe and stress-free.
Plan With Your Pediatric Home Health Care Aide
At Evergreen Home Healthcare, we are more than happy to help you plan your trip. Coordinate with us and we can help you with the specific needs of your vacation. You will want to have copies of all care plans and physician orders in case of an emergency during your trip.
Pack or Ship Supplies
Depending on your method of travel, you may be able to pack your child’s equipment and take it with you. If you are flying, however, it may make more sense to ship your equipment and other supplies to your destination in advance. If you opt to ship, it’s essential to pack it with enough room and padding to ensure that it doesn’t break en route. In addition, make sure you give the package plenty of time to arrive before you do.
A lot of anxiety around travel for parents of medically fragile children centers around the worst case scenario: the equipment breaks. You can give yourself peace of mind and ensure your child’s safety by packing backup equipment as well. Alternatively, you can arrange for backup equipment to be ready at your destination.
Do Your Research
Before you reach your destination, call the local hospitals and inquire about available resources in the area for your child’s condition. Make sure it is clear that you need these resources for a child, as many home care centers aren’t focused on pediatric care. If your child requires oxygen, look into providers in the area just in case you unexpectedly need some. There are also companies that specialize in oxygen for travelers, including Advanced Aeromedical and Travel O2.
Fill Medications First
Make sure that you have enough medication for your trip, including a filled refill. Give your pharmacy plenty of time to do this because they may have to contact your insurance company if a refill is not yet needed according to their records.
Make Your Lodging Like Home
You can bring the comfort of home with you with some small touches. Bring along treasured stuffed animals as well as familiar pillows and blankets to make your child feel as comfortable as possible. If you have medical supplies that need to be refrigerated, look for a place to stay with a small kitchen; an AirBnB might be best. If you are staying in a hotel, make sure to contact them in advance to ensure you have access to a refrigerator.
Keep Your Schedule Consistent
Try to keep your basic schedule in line with your usual routine at home. Wake up and go to sleep at the same time as you usually do. The rest of your schedule, such as when you have meals, should also remain more or less consistent, even if you are doing different activities.
Most importantly, enjoy yourself. Vacation is supposed to be a fun experience where you make memories that will last a lifetime. Take lots of photos and do things that the whole family will enjoy and your trip will be more than worth the preparation time.
At Evergreen Home Healthcare, we hope you have an amazing family vacation! In the meantime, if you need pediatric home health care in Denver, we’re here for you. Contact us today to get started.