Summertime is almost upon us and no doubt, you are thinking about a summer vacation. A nice quiet retreat to a lake front cottage or a golf vacation through the Okanagan, or maybe even a wine tour. What things do you need to consider to enjoy a fun-filled vacation and remain safe while away from the comforts of your home?
First off, there are a few things that you can take with you to keep you safe. Taking your cellular phone and charger will ensure that you can call for help or assistance where ever you are. Also, a cane or walker are great to take with you for longer walks, or even if you are walking on a hot day. The walker can also double as your chair allowing you to rest anywhere along the way. Walkers also quite often have baskets to carry your groceries and other things you purchase. Don’t forget water – keeping hydrated is very important and often forgotten on vacation.
If you are staying at a hotel during your vacation, many locations now have universally designed suites. They have taller toilets and bathroom grab bars, non-slip flooring, wider doors, more floor space, better lighting and they are almost always on the main floor so you can avoid the stairs. When you call to book your room, just ask if they have this option for you. The prices are typically the same, but the space is definitely more aging-in-place friendly.
A summer vacation is a great way to unwind and relax after a long winter and a busy spring full of gardening and house cleaning. And with a little planning, vacations can also be safe, even if you are not used to being away from the comforts of your own home.
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