5 Things to do Prior to Long-Distance Travel with Senior Loved One
Traveling can be stressful. The professionals at MedTransportCenter want to provide you with 5 tips that can help you decide on how you will set up travel arrangements and what to do prior so you can make the best decision for you and your loved one.
- Obtain Medical Clearance
Always consult your primary physician before planning a long- distance trip. There may be unknown risks that would go unnoticed unless your loved one cleared prior to traveling. Traveling can be stressful and undue stress would need to be a consideration if the trip was a good plan versus another method of transportation.
If you haven’t already received instruction to do so, call your primary doctor to see if you need any sort of medical clearance prior to making a reservation. If you do, some urgent medical centers offer medical clearance in as little as 48 to 78-hours. We highly recommend obtaining medical clearance at least one week ahead of your appointment.
At MedTransportCenter, the most common form of travel is through one of our medically equipped MedCoaches. These non-emergency medical motor vehicles are equipped with non-emergency medical equipment and offer home-like conveniences in a safe and relaxing environment for a non-stop trip to anywhere in the US. An option for quicker travel is our MedFlight and provides the same home-like amenities, and professional staff with an in-flight nurse. This may be your option of choice depending on your circumstance.
- Check Reviews & Ask Around
While you are searching for a transportation company, check reviews on places like the Better Business Bureau, Facebook, or Yelp. Make sure your loved one is traveling with a reputable company. Most companies that have been in business for a long time will have a variety of reviews – some good and some bad. If you have any concerns, contact the transportation company and request a list of references from past travelers. Check their policy on what they would do if an emergency occurred while traveling.
At MedTransportCenter, we thoroughly background check and hire the best professional drivers and licensed nurses. Our goal is to provide the best quality and service with comfortable accommodations. We provide a hospital grade bed (not a stretcher or gurney), private bathroom, meals, entertainment, and a non-stop shuttle to your loved ones destination. If any emergency occurred in mid-transport, our staff has access to a 24 hour Emergency Room physician to address any crisis interventions, and would make the necessary changes enroute to make sure your loved one was safely taken to a hospital to be evaluated if any emergency medical crisis occurred.
- Review all costs for travel
Make a list and factor all possible costs associated with a long-distance trip. This will help you be prepared and prevent any surprises.
- Does the transportation company you are researching complete the trip non-stop?
- Do they travel through the night and how many professional drivers are required on each transport?
- Do they stop and stay at a hotel for the night?
- What is covered for food and drinks for the transport? Are you required to supply meals?
These are just a few questions that any transport company would be able to answer and provide you with a quote for services.
If you are traveling from coast to coast, this will play a big role in the overall cost of gas, labor, and time spent during the transportation. Most recommendations for any service is to obtain 3 quotes before deciding on your transportation service provider.
You can’t look at cost alone – Remember you get what you paid for and you want to make sure you are going to be provided high quality service and value during the trip.
MedTransportCenter has been in business transporting senior or disabled loved ones for over 30 years. Each transport is medically-equipped for non-emergency transports, offers 2 professional drivers, a licensed nurse and offers access to a 24hr emergency physician in case the need arises. We provide the best quality and service with comfortable accommodations, with a hospital grade bed, private bathroom, meals, entertainment, and non-stop shuttle to your loved ones destination. Furthermore, our utmost priority is to make sure that your loved one will safely get to his or her destination.
- Discuss On-Board Care
As you research for quotes, you will want to check what type of service you will receive during the transport.
- What type of medical equipment is used, or if any is provided?
- Does the transport use a stretcher or a hospital grade bed?
- Is there a nurse on-board?
- What type of care will my loved one receive?
- Does the transport company nurse administer medications and monitor vitals?
- What if an emergency occurs?
All these questions have been asked by many family members over the years. We are more than happy to answer any other questions you may have!
We try to think of how we would want our loved ones to be taken care of and accommodate these needs in each transport.
MedTransportCenter offers that each transport is medically-equipped for non-emergency transport with 2 professional drivers depending on length of trip, a licensed nurse and access to an emergency physician 24 hours a day in case the need arises.
MedTransportCenter provides the best quality and service with comfortable accommodations. A hospital grade bed, private bathroom, meals, entertainment, and non-stop shuttle to your loved ones destination is provided in every motor coach. Call us today for a FREE Quote – 800-311-3412.
- Plan Ahead For Loved ones who have memory loss or suffer from Dementia.
This is a tough subject for any caregiver. Most caregiver’s are fully aware of the challenges of a loved one with memory loss, Dementia or Alzheimer’s. They need to have a strict schedule and a clear routine to help prevent getting confused, frustrated or accidently hurting themselves or others.
When planning for a long-distance transport, the caregiver will need to take into consideration that they can become confused if they are not following their day-to-day routine or exposed to a different environment. Discussing the plan with your loved one frequently ahead of time and contacting MedTransportCenter to discuss options if the caregiver can’t travel with their loved one to develop a plan with the nurse and transportation staff different ways to help settle any confusion on the trip is recommended and encouraged. The professionals at MedTransportCenter are sensitive to your loved ones needs and we try to accommodate to each person as best we can.
Bringing familiar items from home, such as a memory book of pictures from the past may help to go over with your loved one during the trip and settle any anxiety. Long distance transportation with MedTransportCenter can be safe and a worry-free experience with proper planning.
Med Transport Center offers non-emergency long-distance medical transportation by ground (MED Coach) or in flight (MED Flight). Our expert professionals coordinate the trip for your loved one while all you will have to do is call to make arrangements.
Call us today for a FREE Quote – 800-311-3412. Request a Quote
Our transportation service is designed for anyone who has increased medical needs or limited mobility, including the elderly, disabled, or even those who are just needing a little assistance during their travel. Med Transportation Center is dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable journey with each ground or in flight transport. Each transport is medically-equipped for non-emergency transports, offers 2 professional drivers, a licensed nurse and offers an emergency physician in case the need arises. Furthermore, our utmost priority is to make sure that your loved one will safely get to his or her destination.
Call us today for a FREE Quote – 800-311-3412.
Or Request a Quote here – www.medtransportcenter.com/request-a-quote
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