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How Seniors Requiring Special Care Can Still Travel in Style

Special care and assisted living facilities underline the importance of independence, autonomy, health, and the quality of life. The concept of luxury and indulgence tends to take a backseat, however. In 2011, there was a shift in the consumer trends as the baby boomer generation officially entered the era of retirement.

Here are some of the newest trends and destination options for those who want to travel while still enjoying their retirement

Tourism Trips to Your Family Roots

Genealogical tourism is quickly becoming a new trend, as more people are showing interest in exploring their backgrounds. These trips can be enriching in many ways. For example, you can visit the church that married key figures in your family tree like your parents. It can also be as quaint as just purchasing bread and other food items from shops frequented by family members of the past.

The Benefits of Multi-Generational Travels

Travel doesn’t need to stop in your later years. It may change and extra preparation is often required if you have health conditions or are living in a care home. However, in most cases you can still enjoy a family vacation. Outings can include grandchildren, as it’s been proven to be a trend for travel agencies to accommodate for diverse families. With families living further part, mature travelers are now taking their grandchildren along on their outings. Not only does it help emphasize the role of the grandparent, but younger family members can also contribute by ensuring that adults know the location of their mobility tools or medication.

Traveling for the Sake of Education

Another senior travel trend is coupling vacations with education. These adventures spotlight a particular subject during a tour. It can be something as mundane as literary study, or even something as engaging as dance.

Ensuring a Luxurious Experience While Traveling

While traveling, it’s important that you use your medications properly. Most assisted living facilities will have staff set to remind those who need required medication. You can also bring along a family or close friend to the excursion to help you stay on track.

Inquire about transportation. A 2010 survey by the CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities has noted that about four percent of the older population still drives. Thankfully, assisted living situations and facilities can accommodate traveling needs.

Just because you are living in a care home, it does not mean that life needs to be monotonous. You can still travel and experience life. All that it requires is that you stay cognizant of medical needs before leaving an assisted living facility.