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5 Staycation Tips For Holidays With Elderly Family Members

18/08/2022

Family staycation often provide excellent ways for family members to bond with each other in neutral territory. There are no arguments relating to things at home, such as cooking, cleaning, getting the house tidy, work, school and so forth, when you expect your extended family members to visit.

When you take a family holiday with elderly parents or grandparents, for instance, it can be an extra-special time to cherish and remember in everyone’s lives.

While it’s now possible to travel abroad once again due to the drop in COVID-19 cases, many people still prefer to have staycations – holidays in their home countries.

You’re probably reading this blog post because you’d like to have a staycation in the UK with older generations of your family, but you’ve never had such an experience before.

With that in mind, here are some points for you to keep in mind so you can have the best family staycation holiday experience:

1. Make Sure Elderly Family Members Prepare Well

As you can appreciate, it makes sense to check that all elderly family members have prepared for their impending staycation with you. For example, ensure they have all medicine needed for the duration of their holiday away from home.

Another good idea is to look into emergency buttons for elderly people. They can literally be lifesavers if they have a fall in their hotel room, for instance, and can’t get up to raise the alarm and seek help.

2. Choose A Destination They Will Love

When you go on a staycation with elderly relatives, part of the deal involves making compromises to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable time away. The last thing you want is for those relatives to have a terrible time and refuse to go on any future holidays with you.

Look for destinations that are accessible, offer the restaurant cuisines they will enjoy, and provide scenic points of interest that will be memorable to them for the right reasons. A place like Cornwall usually ticks all the boxes!

Mawgan Porth in Cornwall - View from The Scarlet Hotel

3. Ensure All Journeys Are Comfortable

Unless you live right next to a place of natural beauty, you and your family will likely travel a few hours by car to reach your holiday destination.

As you can imagine, long car journeys can sometimes be uncomfortable, so it makes sense to look at ways of making long journeys more bearable. For example, it might be best to fly to your destination via a domestic flight instead of travelling by car.

4. Plan An Itinerary Everyone Will Enjoy

Don’t just plan visits to attractions and other points of interest that only your immediate family will enjoy. Be sure to consider the wishes and needs of your elderly relatives as well. Planning a mixed itinerary will mean there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

5. Book Accessible Accommodation

Finally, don’t book any accommodation that requires a lot of physical exertion to reach. For example, choose a hotel or B&B, like Brownber Hall in Cumbria, that is accessible and either has ground-floor rooms or a lift for convenience.

The Master Suite at Brownber Hall guesthouse in Cumbria, Great Britain

Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.

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