If you have an elderly parent or a senior loved on needing more hands-on assistance and someone to aid in advocating for financial, medical or social needs, distance can be a significant issue for family when trying to meet these needs. Frequent travel can be expensive requiring short notice to take time off work and be away from family. Many times, this is the deciding point on if assisted living, nursing care or moving a parent in home may be the best option. But, how do you travel with a parent or senior loved one if they have certain medical needs? What is the best option to try to travel in a personal vehicle or potentially hire a transportation company to help make the trip more manageable?
If you are faced with the decision to travel long distance, consider all realistic scenarios that could happen depending on the stability of your loved one. If you are confident that you understand the patient’s needs best and have the necessary medical equipment to make the trip, then the trip should go more smoothly but clearly plan stops or note potential hospitals along the way if needed if complications occur.
Most people do not have access to medical equipment or training needed to handle a long distance transport especially if a complication arises during the trip. In the event of an emergency, would you feel confident to think quickly and make the best decisions? Most people who are not professionally trained freeze in a crisis.
Typical vehicles do not have the special accommodations needed for frail or bed stricken conditions. Transporting disabled loved ones or a patient with special needs usually requires a wheelchair or large van with the option of a stretcher or a hospital grade bed to accommodate getting the person in and out and made comfortable for the trip. This may not be an option for someone who may not feel confident that they are capable of lifting a certain amount of weight alone. Most elderly seniors have brittle bones and an accidental fall could be detrimental to their health. Long distance travel requires movement to prevent blood clots as well, if traveling alone with your senior loved one, would you be able to provide the necessary care and drive to the destination?
Using a personal vehicle for non-emergency medical transport may not be the best option depending on the level of care needed. If you feel uncomfortable traveling long distance and do not feel confident providing the care needed due to the patient’s health, personal health, or unable to provide the necessary accommodations, then yes, request services from a professional who has an excellent record with many years of experience arranging travel while providing safe and comfortable accommodations for those elderly loved ones.
Who We Are:
Med Transport Center offers two options for non-emergency long-distance medical transportation by ground (MED Coach) or in flight (MED Flight). We are dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable journey with each ground or in flight transport. Over the last 30+ years, we provide luxury accommodations that support disabled or special needs patients. 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. We provide a comfortable option in a luxury RV with a kitchen, meal options, hospital-grade bed, and options for an additional family member or pet to join the senior loved one for the trip. Our expert professionals coordinate the trip for your loved one while all you will have to do is call to make arrangements.
Each transport is medically-equipped for non-emergency transports, offers 2 professional drivers, a licensed nurse and a 24 hour on-call 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.