As a photographer, naturally there’s a very strong inclination to travel that’s tied to the craft. Whenever I have the chance that’s exactly what I do – I jump at the chance to jump on a plane and fly as far away as I possibly can, but only because I just know that there are so many opportunities to capture more diversely beautiful scenery through the camera lens.
On a recent trip to Southeast Asia though, I met a lass who asked me a question that made me think about my life in a different way. Upon learning that I was single at the time and had no immediate plans of having children, she asked me, “Who is going to take care of you when you’re old?”
Never mind dying alone – I’d be someone else’s responsibility and burden in that case, haha, but she had a point hey.
Anyway, I know exactly what I need to do on that front, but that’s a discussion for another day and perhaps another dedicated post altogether.
What she successfully managed to do is raise the point about taking care of the elderly and it came to my mind that this is a responsibility we inherit which gradually makes its way into our lives. Whether it’s an aging parent or more likely even a grandparent, it takes some kind of moment for you to realise that this person who was once your primary caregiver has now turned into the person for whom you’re increasingly required to be the caregiver. The roles are reversed and it can make for a scary thought to have to entertain.
Fortunately though we appear to instinctively have what I can refer to as “reverse parenting” skills that are built into our nature, so you never really realise that you’re taking care an elderly family member more.
Let’s bring things back down to a much lighter level though, shall we? To expand on the developing discussion around the seemingly inherently programmed reverse parenting instincts, all this really means is that when you go about your daily life via something like planning a UK family trip, you consider the needs of the elderly person ahead of your own, but perhaps behind those of the smallest children if there are any.
Fortunately it’s not too much of a chore, because instead of having to formulate a list of the many ways through which the elderly family member’s age-related impairments have to be accounted for, you can probably just make reference to some pre-published information specifically covering the topic.
At most accessible attractions in the UK which is discussed in the infographic below. for example, there is some extensive information available around some of the UK’s most accessible attractions, which pretty much covers all which would have to be considered when planning a trip on which an elderly family member will be coming along.
Ultimately it just all comes down to accessibility. What you need to keep in mind is the experience the elderly family member will have and whether or not their age-related ailment or impairments will be catered to and effectively eliminated so that they too can enjoy the trip.