MS Mondays: Holiday Travel Tips

The busiest travel period of the year is nearly upon us and 40 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday season. For the millions of Americans with disabilities, traveling, especially flying, can add extra hassles. However, that doesn’t mean you should just stay home. With more and more places all over the world becoming accessible, now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy life. Here are some tips to make traveling a bit easier.

 

 

1. Do your research.

If you’re flying, keep in mind that at some point, you will probably be separated from your wheelchair, walker or cane.  Each airline has different requirements for stowing collapsible wheelchairs on board, and in some circumstances, your chair could be stowed in cargo. Power chairs will be stowed in cargo and you will need to arrive early to give the airline plenty of time to prepare your chair for stowing. Before booking your trip, research which airlines have the best reputation when it comes to disabled travelers.

If you are driving to your destination, keep a map of rest stops and welcome centers as they will have the most accessible restrooms. Bear in mind that not all welcome centers and rest stops are open 24 hours.

Most hotels will have rooms accessible rooms available. However, if you book online, call the hotel to confirm that you require an accessible room.

2. Make a List and Pack Accordingly

When packing, make sure the things you need the most are separate from the rest of your luggage (and kept with your carry-on). This could include medications, catheters, and a change of clothes (important if traveling to a different climate). If your luggage is lost, you’ll have the most needed items at your disposal. Don’t pack unnecessary items; most hotels provide hair dryers and irons as well as shampoo and soap. Also, consider making a checklist of things to pack a week in advance and add to it when you remember something.

3. Let Someone Else Plan For You

Countless travel agencies and travel sites take the guesswork out of planning your trip. These sites cater to disabled travelers so they’ll know exactly where the most accessible locations are and can help you book your arrangements. Check out the websites below for more information:

http://www.disabledtravelers.com/travel_agents.htm
http://www.abletotravel.org/
http://www.travelinwheels.com/index3.aspx

Be sure to check out Scott Rain’s accessible travel blog. You may remember him as one of our Hometown Heroes.

And now it’s time for your MS Monday Motivational Moment:

Multiple Sclerosis Resources

UroMed provides links to the following educational resources for patients, caregivers and medical professionals to help increase awareness, support and assistance for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

We are also strong advocates. Almost 20% of UroMed’s Customer Care Associates or one of their family members has some form of disability, enabling us to share our understanding and expertise when working with you.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

Just Diagnosed

You may have a wide range of questions and concerns if you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has created a special page to help you with the information and support you need to live comfortably and confidently with this change in your life. Please visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/newly-diagnosed/index.aspx

Advanced MS

Although MS is a progressive disease, the rate of progression differs from one person to another. The key message to anyone living with advanced MS is that there is always more that can be done to improve the situation. For people whose MS has become more disabling—and their family members and friends—the NMSS has provided information about how to manage the challenges they face at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/living-with-advanced-ms/index.aspx

Multiple Sclerosis & Urology Questions

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society also has produced an excellent brochure to assist people with urological information, Living with an MS Bladder.


About the Author:
 Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

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