If you have a medical condition, having the chance to go away on holiday can provide you with the opportunity to relax and recuperate. For stroke sufferers this can be just what is needed to help in your recovery programme. However, there are a number of things that people must consider when travelling after suffering from a stroke.
Firstly make sure you obtain comprehensive stroke travel insurance. With this in place, you can enjoy your holiday knowing whatever happens you are covered.
Talk to your doctor
Book an appointment with your doctor and find out whether you are medically fit to travel. It is best to avoid flying for a few weeks after a stroke, but this is something to discuss with your doctor if you don’t think a plane journey can be avoided. Your doctor will also be able to advise you on which activities are safe for you to take part in and which are best avoided.
Travelling with medication
If you are going to be travelling into a different time zone make sure you discuss this with your doctor as he will be able advice you on how you should adjust your dosage. Make sure you have enough to last the duration of your holiday, plus extra just in case.
It is always a good idea to get a letter from your doctor stating what your medication is and why you will need it with you. There are restrictions on certain medications in some countries so be sure to check this before you book your holiday.
When choosing your destination try to take into consideration what you’re physically able to do, otherwise you won’t feel comfortable when travelling. It is best to avoid locations which have steep inclines or hills.
Once you have decided on the country you wish to travel to, you should turn your attention to the accommodation. Book a room which is suitable for your level of mobility, for example, a room which has a walk-in shower and any other amenities that you may require.
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport so you can prevent having to rush around. It is also advisable to avoid carrying any heavy luggage. You may want to stick to an over the shoulder bag and take advantage of the airport luggage trolleys. If you do require any additional assistance make sure to call the airport well ahead of time.
When travelling on long haul flights, make sure to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.