WHEN YOU BOOK A HOTEL…
1 Ask about lifts, stairs, small passageways and uneven surfaces in and around the property. Your parents need to be able to get around easily.
2 Ensure that your parents can get a quiet room, because elderly people tend to be more sensitive to noise.
3 Check if the bathroom is equipped with wall rails or bars. Also make sure that the shower or bathtub has a non-slip bath mat. If your parents prefer a shower stall instead of a tub, which can be difficult to climb in and out of, ask if the hotel has that option.
4 Ask if there is a bellhop who can help your parents carry their luggage. Some small or budget hotels may not have one.
WHEN CHOOSING A TOUR...
1 Find out if the coaches have restrooms on board, if the meals are suited to your parents’ dietary needs and if the itinerary features activities your folks are interested in. These can spell the difference between a great holiday and a bad one.
2 Find out how the tour guide can make your parents more comfortable if they have special health needs. For example, if your dad is hard of hearing, it might be better for him to sit in the front of the coach.
3 If walking is part of the programme, ask about the distance involved and the kind of surfaces the group will have to walk on – for example, cobbled walkways, steep or narrow roads, and so on.
4 Check if the itinerary is jam-packed from morning to night. The tour schedule should include regular breaks throughout the day so your parents won’t tire out too easily.