Summer is upon us and that means that everyone is trying to get out and enjoy the sun just a little more this time of year. Seniors who require assistance to maintain their quality of life might not be thinking of how to spend their summer holidays, but the truth is that most seniors are still able to do some traveling and soak up as much of the nice weather as the rest of us. So if you are caring for a senior this summer, consider planning a vacation to make the most of summer. We’ve put together a list of the best vacation ideas for seniors across North America.
Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida
Disney World is not just for kids: it’s for the kids at heart too. But more than nostalgia and tremendous entertainment value, Walt Disney World is well versed in welcoming people of all ages, activity levels, mobility levels, and more. With on-site hotels, wheelchair-accessible transportation, as well as private transportation, ground-floor hotel rooms, special lines for people with disabilities and families traveling with seniors, Walt Disney World can make anyone smile. There’s a reason it’s still considered the happiest place on earth. If the Disney hotels are too expensive maybe look at local hotels in Orlando with ground floor or disabled access for a more affordable option. Some are just steps away from the theme parks. So when planning your next vacation, consider taking the senior in your life to the one place on earth they’ll feel like a kid again!
If culture and a soul-filled experience are on the to-do list, consider taking a vacation to Nashville, Tennessee. The home of the Grand ‘Ol Orey, Nashville is a bustling hub of music and entertainment and it’s a beautiful backdrop for taking a walk down memory lane. With modern amenities offered by classic hot spots, there’s no reason why a senior can’t enjoy a bit of the high life in the country-music capital of the world. When seniors are receiving assistance from programs like CDPAP, it might not seem easy to coordinate time away from care, but the truth is that seniors can continue to receive care regardless of where they are located, as long as it is approved.
The Mighty 5
While hiking is probably out of the question for a senior who needs round-the-clock supervision, a trip through Utah’s The Mighty 5 is not. This is a pre-planned road trip route that is perfect for anyone, young or old. With the right planning and support, seniors who require care can enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the country.
The Mighty 5 takes visitors through Canyonlands Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. For an even more comfortable experience, consider staying at hotels rather than traveling in an RV and take breaks while on the road. Travel one day, rest one day, or break up the trip over a longer period of time to ensure energy levels stay high and the senior on vacation is not feeling overwhelmed on the go.
East or West Coast Cruise
It might seem like a lot of work to plan a cruise but the beauty of investing in a vacation like this is that cruise ships are designed with older travelers in mind. Once aboard, seniors in wheelchairs or who need assistance can get access to everything they need. With room service, on-board entertainment, and plenty of changes to leave the boat to see new parts of the country, a cruise might be the all-inclusive vacation your senior needs.
If beaches and pools aren’t on the agenda, there is plenty of other things to do for short periods of time to make the most of your cruise ship vacation. By calling ahead, you can make arrangements for special accommodations, wheelchair accessible rooms and more. We suggest the East or West coast cruises because they aren’t destined for overly hot places and the weather is comfortable for people of all ages.
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