Traveling with a Chronic Health Issue

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As a retiree, it’s no surprise you’re looking to hit the highways or head to the skies as part of a long vacation. You’ve worked your whole life, saving and keeping an eye on your nest egg – now that you’ve got extra free time, a trip to the Grand Canyon or Europe is suddenly very possible. However, if you’re managing a chronic health condition, you know that road may be a bumpy one. The Center for Disease Control estimates that an average of 50,000 people every month will have a medical issue while travelling abroad. However, this shouldn’t act as a deterrent, but more as a reason to plan before travelling. Whether it’s recurring pain, accessibility issues, or a concern of bulky medical equipment, there are still solutions to make sure you don’t miss out on seeing the sights and sounds of the world.

Prepare for Your Trip

Before leaving, you’ll want to spend time ensuring you have everything you might need. Consider things like your supply of both medication and equipment; both these should be filled prior to departure. In fact, many doctors also recommend bringing an extra prescription on paper with you in case you lose your meds. Also, be sure to spend time reviewing all your travel plans to see when and where you might need some additional help or time. Airports are stressful for anyone due to the jam-packed crowds and hectic nature of flying. You may consider calling the airport ahead to arrange for transportation or help through the security line and getting onto the airplane. Don’t worry! That’s what these folks are here for.

Know Your Limitations

Not everything can be planned for, though! Think of your life at home, particularly as it pertains to your medical issue. How much of your day-to-day is built around your routines? The chance to try new things is always great, but not if these activities impact your ability to manage your condition. There’s no shame in telling travel companions if you need extra time to get through airport security, or If a certain item on the travel agenda, such as a hike or nature excursion, is going to keep you out of touch with emergency services. Be aware of warning signs and triggers so you can tell people what you need in the event you start to feel weak or in pain.

Notify Your Doctor

Your doctor should always be kept in the loop about anything as it pertains to your chronic health condition. You’ll want to discuss your travel plans with them, as they might have fresh ideas on how to best manage the symptoms while away from home. They may also be able to calm your mind about any aspects of the trip you’re feeling nervous about. Additionally, there’s a chance they can refer you to other medical pros in the area of your vacation, that way you’re never left without help should you need it. 

Accessibility Should Be Everywhere

Whether you’re using a wheelchair, on an oxygen tank, or simply have trouble getting around quickly, your trip should always take into account accessibility. Hotels, airports, resorts, and restaurants should be scoped out prior to travel to be certain they’re going to be easy for you to enjoy. ADA accessibility should be most anywhere, although you may want to opt for nicer or more upscale accommodations if you have extensive needs for your chronic condition. If you’re travelling outside the United States, there may be different requirements for accessibility. Use this tool to check out what to expect when vacationing abroad.

Travelling without a medical issue is expensive enough, but add in a chronic condition and those costs quickly escalate. You may have saved enough to go on this long trip to Italy or Japan, but still find yourself looking for ways to maximize your vacation fund. That’s where Life Settlement Advisors comes in. Did you know you can sell all or a portion of a life insurance policy, even term insurance? A life settlement is an excellent way to produce quick cash and liquidation to help grow your savings. Contact us today to learn more!

Case Study:
Clyde and Rebecca had both retired a few years ago due to Clyde’s chronic illness. Rebecca has become his primary caregiver. They have always wanted to visit Vermont in the fall. The medical bills have been piling up, Rebecca learned she and Clyde could sell their life insurance policy. They sold their life insurance and used the proceeds to help pay off the medical bills and take that trip to Vermont that they have always dreamed about.

Leo LaGrotte
Life Settlement Advisors

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