Niagara Falls is the perfect destination for travelers of all ages. Families with children, groups of friends, coworkers on business retreats, and more come to see the falls every year. It’s a magical place and the perfect location to make memories for a lifetime.
But what if elderly friends or family are part of your group?
While there’s no more or less inherent risk to the elderly here than anywhere else, it’s always wise to take a few extra precautions to ensure that your grandmother or great uncle stay safe and enjoy their time just as much as the rest of the family or group.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when traveling to Niagara Falls with elderly people.
Beware of Slips and Falls
Niagara Falls is wet. Of course it’s wet. There’s a massive waterfall that creates a constant cloud of mist which leads to wet conditions during the warmer months and ice in the winter. Slips and falls happen often, and not just to the elderly, but they’re more likely to suffer an injury greater than a simple bruise.
Be sure that your elderly family wears sturdy shoes with a thick, rubber tread, and consider a walking stick for stability as well. Handrails are abundant as well, so encourage their use at all times, and it’s also a good idea for a younger, stronger family member to stick close in case of an accident.
Bring All Medical Records and Medications
No one wants to get sick on vacation, but the reality is that it happens, and the elderly can be particularly vulnerable if they become ill in a strange city. When packing for your trip be sure that all medications are packed in carry-on luggage and are easily accessible. It’s also a good idea to ask the doctor for a detailed list of medications, their name brand and generic names, and the daily dosage.
In addition, ask the doctor for a list of diagnoses. If for some reason you need to bring your family member to the clinic or emergency room, the medical and medication history will help the local doctors understand any underlying conditions and implement a treatment plan accordingly.
Take It Slow
Too many people try to rush through a vacation and attempt to see every attraction or take part in every activity that time allows. While this works for some people, it probably won’t work if you’re traveling with elderly people, and that just might be a good thing.
Slowing down your pace will allow you to truly savor all the things that make it to your Niagara itinerary. Linger a while as you view the falls to allow grandpa to rest for a few minutes. Stroll slowly through the Botanical Garden and take in the beauty of nature. Allow for afternoon nap time so you’re all rested and ready for dining out in the evening. Keeping things slow and easy might just give you a fresh perspective on Niagara and travel in general.
Traveling with the elderly might take a bit more planning, but in the end it’s very much worth it. Take the time to enjoy the moment with your loved one; it’s something that you won’t regret.