After skipping your annual vacation with your dad, you’re eager to get away for a week. You’re thinking about renting an RV. Before you book it, there are four tips to use to ensure the RV trips goes smoothly.
Look at the Floor Plan and Design
If you’re renting an RV, make sure the layout accommodates your dad’s abilities. It’s best to have a shower he can easily get in and out of. If there’s a step into it and he’s not steady on his feet, he may fall. Some RV bathrooms have showers with a shower seat that may be ideal for his needs.
You want to make sure the passageways are wide enough to accommodate him if he needs a walker. How much space is in the kitchen? Is there enough for him to easily walk around things without tripping on seating or hitting table corners?
Finally, look at the bedding options. Your dad may not sleep well if he’s on a tiny twin bed. You’d have to give up the larger bed or find an RV that has two large beds.
Allow for Frequent Breaks
Sitting in the same car seat for hours may not be suitable for your dad. Allow for regular stops along the way for him to stretch his legs and use a toilet. You’ll also want to make sure there’s plenty for him to drink on the road. You don’t want him to become dehydrated.
He may also need to nap frequently. A comfortable seat that reclines safely and allows him to sleep while driving is helpful for his afternoon naps.
Plan for Emergencies
Plan for emergencies. Your dad may be fine for the entire trip, but what happens if he suddenly becomes ill? Will his insurance pay for medical care in another state? Does he have to call his doctor first to get a referral?
Make Sure He Is Comfortable Going on a Trip
Before you do anything else, make sure he’s comfortable going. He may still be hesitant to travel, even if he’s had his COVID-19 vaccination. If he’s not feeling up to it, don’t push him into going. It’s better to either wait until things are truly back to normal.
Or, you could go and make sure he has the help he needs while you’re away. Home care aides can come to his home and offer him the support he needs. With home care services, he has caregivers to help him with everything on his care plan. You have peace of mind that he’s not alone, lonely, or struggling to remember the things he needs to do. Call to learn more.