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Elder Care Tips: Senior Travel Tips For Every Season

elder care tips and senior travel tips

Elder care tips for seniors & those who take care of seniors

Whether you are in the autumn of your life or not, fall is a season that many seniors and retirees relish because travel can happen at leisure.

If you are a senior – or are taking care of a senior – before you hit the road, though, it’s important to have a clear understanding of your healthcare benefits in the event any medical emergencies should arise while you are away from home.

If you’re heading to the northeast to take in the colorful fall foliage or heading off on a luxurious European river cruise, you’ll want to make sure you are up-to-date on what is covered when you travel domestically and internationally. If you are on Medicare keep the following in mind.

Elder Care Tips for Vacation #1: Before You Go

First, know that original Medicare and Medicare Supplemental (MediGap) Plans are valid and must be accepted across the country by any provider who accepts Medicare insurance.

In addition, you might want to see your doctor for a complete check-up prior to your trip, especially if you have a chronic medical condition. Remember, too that if you are taking large amounts of medication with you, your doctor will need to write a letter of explanation if you are flying or traveling out of the country. And, just to be on the safe side, you might want to look into travel insurance that provides pre-existing illness coverage.

Elder Care Tips for Vacation #2: For International Travelers

Medicare Supplemental plans are available to cover medical care required during overseas travel.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plans work with select providers – make sure to notify your Medicare Advantage provider within 24 to 48 hours if you receive emergency out of network care while traveling.

You might simply be getting ready to travel to your winter home in a warm climate. No matter where you are off to, be safe and be prepared. That’s a lesson every young Boy Scout and Girl Scout learns and that never gets old.