While long car rides can be uncomfortable for anyone, being stuck in the car for an extended period of time can be especially hard on the elderly. But if your loved one is ready to get out of their assisted living facility for a few days and take a vacation with you, sometimes a road trip is really the best option. So to help ensure that the time they spend in the car isn’t too tortuous, here are three ways to help seniors be comfortable on long car rides. 

Pack Healthy Snacks

For many people, car rides can be an excuse to eat junk food. But if you’re wanting to feel good while you’re in the car, it’s important that you pack healthy snacks that will keep your tummy feeling good and not contain too much sugar. 

Especially for those who might be prone to car sickness, eating mild foods that are easy on the stomach should be the main priority. And to keep everyone’s blood sugar at a consistent level, try not to drink sugary drinks or eat too much junk food. Rather, choose snacks like fruits and veggies, cheese, and nuts. And for when you get thirsty, having plenty of water on hand should do the trick. 

Outfit The Car With The Right Accessories

Although most modern cars come with their own accessories that make it easier to stay entertained and safe on the road, there are additional accessories you can add to make road trips more comfortable for your elderly loved one. 

For many seniors, adding a cushion to their seat can make sitting in the car much more comfortable. Also, for getting out of the car, you can add a grab bar that attaches to the frame of the car door. You can also add accessories that make it easier to grab the seat belt, buckle the seat belt, and have enough slack so that the seat belt fits comfortably. 

Take Regular Breaks For At Least 15 Minutes

One of the best ways for anyone to make it through a long road trip is to plan breaks as regular intervals. About every two hours or so, plan to get off the road and give your body a break. Ideally, you should spend about 15 minutes walking, stretching, using the restroom, and preparing yourself for another period of time in the car. 

This is especially important to do for senior citizens, as sitting too long in the same position can make them vulnerable to blood clots, which could cause major health issues for them. So to prevent this, make sure you take regular breaks. 

If you’re going to be taking your elderly loved one on a long car ride, consider using the tips mentioned above to help them stay safe and comfortable on the trip.