If you have an aging relative, such as a parent or a grandparent, who lives farther away from you than you would like, you might wish to consider relocating them. There are many reasons why one might wish to take the steps to relocate an aging relative.
Perhaps the benefits that they might receive in your state as opposed to their own are more desirable for someone in their physical situation. You might feel that your relative is no longer able to take care of themselves without daily assistance, and you would like to provide that assistance by having them move in with you. It could very well be the case that you simply would like to be closer to them so as to spend more time together.
Whatever your reasons may be, relocating an aging relative, especially one who has underlying health issues, can be a challenge. However, there are a few things that can help to make the process a bit easier both on you and on your loved one.
1. Hire a Flight Nurse
Flying can be an intimidating thought for many people who are advanced in years, particularly if they haven’t flown much before. Furthermore, the prospect of flying with underlying health concerns can be stressful. If your aging relative needs to travel by air in order to relocate, you can make things much easier on them by hiring a patient advocate in the form of a flight nurse.
Prior to travel, your flight nurse will coordinate the entire trip so as to make it as safe and comfortable as possible for your loved one. They will also accompany them in flight to make sure that all goes according to plan and to be on hand in case a medical emergency should arise. They will carry and administer and necessary medications and overall make the experience as comfortable as possible.
2. Know TSA Regulations
Nothing can complicate travel and frustrate your relative more than difficulties as the TSA security checkpoint. TSA has procedures in place that are specifically designed for seniors as well as those with disabilities.
A different type of screening process might be necessary if your relative has an internal medical device that cannot safely pass through the metal detector. Make sure that you read up on the regulations well in advance and make any necessary arrangements with TSA ahead of time.
3. Keep the Lines of Communication Open
Moving into an assisted living home or in with a relative can be a difficult time for a senior. The loss of control in their life can make them feel powerless. It is important to bear such emotions in mind while you orchestrate the relocation of an elderly loved one.
Communicate with them about what is happening and how their move will take place. Allow them to make decisions about what to bring or how to furnish their new living space. Any decision that they can make for themselves will help them feel more comfortable and involved in the process.