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roonie February 16th, 2006 05:26 PM

Travel Companion for Disabled Cruisers
 
We recenlty got home from our very first cruise which was aboard the Explorer of the Seas. We had a wondertime time and were very impressed with everything! While on the ship, I did notice a few folks who had varying degrees of disabilities. I saw loving family members taking care of them but thought how nice it would be if they had someone to help care for the person so they all could just be "on vacation" together. As a certified nurses aide, I had the idea that I might like to do this. I looked online and there doesn't seem to be alot out there for people with disabilites where travel is concerned. I made a few inquiries and within hours had 2 different people contact me. It just amazed me. Although I have worked for many years with young and old alike, I didn't think of ther travel end of things. I hope to be able to help many singles, couples or families experience the joys of travel and relaxation together despite any disability. It really is amazing what you can see when you just open your eyes.

Cruznut2 July 8th, 2006 07:47 AM

What a great idea!!! I am not a LNA but I am experienced with developmentaln disabilities. Working as a Community Intrgration Specialist I have a lot of experience taking dd/mr people on leisure and work outings. Where do I sign up??

Laura

paddlinGramma July 22nd, 2006 01:59 PM

Hello Roonie,
 
Hello Roonie,

Being a new cruisemate 'board' member (user) I only found the specialized board for people needing help now, as I was searching were to post my own message to help people with handicaps - and saw your message. I still plan to post a message, but wonder if you are willing to share your information as to whom to contact to offer my services. While I am not a nurse I did take care of a severely handicapped family member for many years.

Glad to hear that you had a wonderful time in paradise!

I look forward to your response and thank you for your efforts.

Sincerely,

paddlinGramma

Fruitcake August 3rd, 2006 11:21 AM

Re: Travel Companion for Disabled Cruisers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by roonie
We recenlty got home from our very first cruise which was aboard the Explorer of the Seas. We had a wondertime time and were very impressed with everything! While on the ship, I did notice a few folks who had varying degrees of disabilities. I saw loving family members taking care of them but thought how nice it would be if they had someone to help care for the person so they all could just be "on vacation" together.

Maybe I am misinterpreting what you've written, but how is having someone outside the family "taking care" of the person with disabilities going to let the rest of the family "vacation" together?

The person with the disabilities is part of the family!!! He/she should not be left out of the family fun, but should participate to the best of his/her ability.

If the person with disabilities has an aide when not on vacation, then the family already had the option to include that aide on the cruise if they chose to do so.

There are numerous agencies that provide aides to those with disabilities.

dharma August 12th, 2006 08:44 PM

I agree that would come in handy. I don't know that much about with the older community but with the developmentally disabled it would be a great help. I have worked in this field for 10 years and grew up with a girl that "took" me on as her adovacate and last year with my co-workers took a group of 8 individuals on a cruise. However I am taking a cruise in Dec. and we recently adopted a 14 yr that is developmentally disabled the problem comes in that even though he is equal mentally to a 3-5 yr old he is still 14. How do you expalin a child that size in Camp Carnival that is on his same level. So we are just going to make sure that we only do things that he can be included in. But that still leaves no mom and dad time. I know personally that I would be more than happy to help out someone else in the same deliema. I am so glad that times have changed for when I started in this field and people are not as closed minded as to want to "rope us off a section" as it was once suggested to me as I took a group out to eat.

KLD August 26th, 2006 01:33 PM

Not everyone who has a PCA has the option of taking their PCA on vacation with them.

My mother's PCA has 2 other jobs beside helping her, and also goes to school. She cannot travel with them. When my parents travel, I must go with them to provide my mother's care. If I were not available, and they could not find someone else to help them, they would not be able to go. My father is 84 and unable to provide the care my mother requires.

I think being able to find reliable, friendly PCAs who are interested in short term work in return for a paid cruise is a wonderful idea. There is no reason that the PCA and the PWD cannot be a full part of all the activities.

penelope July 24th, 2007 04:09 PM

As a registered nurse I have often thought of offering my services as a companion for elderly en/of disabled persons. This may be a way to get in touch with each other. I only have two questions. Is this correct to do via this site. Is there somewhere else on the net where people can exchange information about this.
I will be honest. I don't fly so for me it's planning way ahead. Also I will be so honest as to say, while as a nurse I enjoy helping people this would also help me to see more of the world.

gaborfrank April 2nd, 2009 03:07 PM

Travel Companion for Disabled Cruisers
 
I do like the idea and would like to find out if any one has had experience providing these services.
I would consider caretaking on a cruise ship in exchange of a paid trip. Got the experience as a conservator.
I'm flexible and be willing to travel to many destinations. (I live in Los Angeles).

Thanks, Gabriel

penelope April 2nd, 2009 04:04 PM

Hallo,

I would be interested to kbnow where you found out about the question of helping disabled cruisers. I have still not found anything about this.

Penny

Karlie08 August 26th, 2009 03:15 AM

TRAVEL-CARE AIDE
 
Just reading your post and I would like to add that it has been a very rewarding time for me as a Travel-Care-Aide over the past 3 years. To see the smiles of sheer gratitude on faces that normally would not have had the opportunity to travel and that I was able to provide for them, was very over whelming. Though it was a business arrangement we engaged in, the journeys have all ended in bonded friendships for life. I love my change in Career choice and I do hope that over the years I will be able to continue this much needed service.

Artricia February 17th, 2010 04:46 PM

I have been a home health care aid for 25 yrs and have helped many of my people to go on vacations on land, but never for a cruise and would like to know how I could offer my services in such a way? I am ready for a bit of a change and yet I love caring for the elderly and disabled so perhaps this would be a way to get the change I need while continuing the work I love! I appreciate any advice you could give! Thanks..
Artricia

Cruznut2 April 18th, 2010 09:35 AM

I have worked in Developmental Disabilities for a number of years. I know two men in our day program who cruise regularly. The agency I work for usually allows our staff to go on the cruises with them. As I near retirement I have been getting out of that line of work. I have started working for a travel agency. I am taking a group next year on Carnival Valor. These two gentleman are planning to go. They are already asking for staff to go.

Laura

ruthlessboss December 3rd, 2010 08:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fruitcake (Post 808969)
Maybe I am misinterpreting what you've written, but how is having someone outside the family "taking care" of the person with disabilities going to let the rest of the family "vacation" together?

The person with the disabilities is part of the family!!! He/she should not be left out of the family fun, but should participate to the best of his/her ability.

If the person with disabilities has an aide when not on vacation, then the family already had the option to include that aide on the cruise if they chose to do so.

There are numerous agencies that provide aides to those with disabilities.

I see this is a very old post, but it kind of irritated me. Yes, you misinterpereted. The reason for an attendant is not to keep them from the family, but to make it a vacation for all, to do the personal care and attending to that person's needs, giving family more enjoyment time together.

Most pca's can't go on a cruise due to their own home or job responsibilities. It would take someone who is able to free up their time to go. I'm in geriatrics with a gentleman who wants to go, non ambulatory and total care physically. I'd love to go, but one of those unable to free up time.

LoveLife January 7th, 2011 04:12 PM

Available Travel Companion/Aide
 
If your client needs a travel companion in the future, I have experience working with adults who are Deaf, visually impaired, and who have mobility issues and other special needs.

I am also an experienced C.N.A. and have worked with the elderly population.

I am passionate about helping others lead a more fulfilling life and consider myself kind, understanding, and wise to the needs of the handicapped and elderly.

CruiserDave February 22nd, 2011 11:03 PM

Disabled Cruisers
 
I have tried for ages to find a group for younger single mobility disabled cruisers. Why can't those of us singles who use crutches , walkers or canes find roommates so we are not forced to pay the room supplements? Are there any other younger mobility device users as myself interested in meet and chatting?

scatty14 December 9th, 2011 06:34 PM

Hi,

I am 48, female looking for a cruise companion/helper. I am based in the UK. Flexible re travel dates and routes. I am independent and do not need help with personal care. I have some mobility issues and cant walk long distance , inclines or uneven ground well so need to use a wheelchair where walking of any distance is required. This is the only help I need and may not need that if I can find a suitable power scooter/chair I could take on board! Please contact me if you can help and intrested in any way.

raphaekg April 18th, 2012 11:54 AM

Seeking travel aide for elderly traveler (departing NYC)
 
I am planning a trip from NYC on the Queen Mary 2, departing NYC on July 1, 2012 and returning on July 6, 2012. The itinerary is New England/Canada.

My family will be traveling with my 87 year old father, who uses a wheelchair or walker. He needs help with dressing, bathing, etc., but is independent 95% of the time. He is "sharp as a whip" and is really looking forward to this vacation.

I am looking for a CNA or someone with similar experience to accompany us on this trip. The aide would need to room directly with my father, so would ideally be a male. I expect that we would need their help for a maximum of 2 hours each day. They would have freedom to do whatever they wanted, the rest of each day. They would NOT be expected to join us during meals or during recreational activities, but would be expected to stay with my father overnight and help him with getting ready at night and in the morning.

The ideal candidate would be experienced with providing similar services to older disabled individuals, should have excellent references, and be able to depart directly from NYC. In addition to covering the cost of the cruise, daily compensation will be provided.

I haven't seen any services providing this specific kind of help, so I thought that I would take a chance and post here. Any suggestions? It didn't seem appropriate to go to a nursing agency for this kind of situation.

If you are a person who believe you might be qualified, you can email me directly (raphaekg@yahoo.com). Thanks!

bigjoev46 May 6th, 2012 05:57 PM

Ship Mate for disabled
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by raphaekg (Post 1425561)
I am planning a trip from NYC on the Queen Mary 2, departing NYC on July 1, 2012 and returning on July 6, 2012. The itinerary is New England/Canada.

My family will be traveling with my 87 year old father, who uses a wheelchair or walker. He needs help with dressing, bathing, etc., but is independent 95% of the time. He is "sharp as a whip" and is really looking forward to this vacation.

I am looking for a CNA or someone with similar experience to accompany us on this trip. The aide would need to room directly with my father, so would ideally be a male. I expect that we would need their help for a maximum of 2 hours each day. They would have freedom to do whatever they wanted, the rest of each day. They would NOT be expected to join us during meals or during recreational activities, but would be expected to stay with my father overnight and help him with getting ready at night and in the morning.

The ideal candidate would be experienced with providing similar services to older disabled individuals, should have excellent references, and be able to depart directly from NYC. In addition to covering the cost of the cruise, daily compensation will be provided.

I haven't seen any services providing this specific kind of help, so I thought that I would take a chance and post here. Any suggestions? It didn't seem appropriate to go to a nursing agency for this kind of situation.

If you are a person who believe you might be qualified, you can email me directly (raphaekg@yahoo.com). Thanks!

Hi
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cruisehopeful September 24th, 2013 06:27 PM

cna to help passenger
 
i am a cna and can go on vacation with person needing care aide. no obligations at this time. email or post back if interested.

FrenchClaire October 13th, 2014 03:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by roonie (Post 750931)
We recenlty got home from our very first cruise which was aboard the Explorer of the Seas. We had a wondertime time and were very impressed with everything! While on the ship, I did notice a few folks who had varying degrees of disabilities. I saw loving family members taking care of them but thought how nice it would be if they had someone to help care for the person so they all could just be "on vacation" together. As a certified nurses aide, I had the idea that I might like to do this. I looked online and there doesn't seem to be alot out there for people with disabilites where travel is concerned. I made a few inquiries and within hours had 2 different people contact me. It just amazed me. Although I have worked for many years with young and old alike, I didn't think of ther travel end of things. I hope to be able to help many singles, couples or families experience the joys of travel and relaxation together despite any disability. It really is amazing what you can see when you just open your eyes.

Hi,
I've just seen your message, and I too have seen, while travelling, how many elderly people and/or dissabled people would need help during their travels.

I am French, Got my nursing diploma in South Africa 40 years ago, and have cared for handicapped children in Belgium during 10 years.

I am much travelled, Europe, Africa, U.S.A. & Canada, Australia & New Zealand, Thaïland, Singpore & Hong Kong, the Carabeans etc...

If you ever get asked and cannot help out, don't hesitate to ask me, I'd be happy to help out ... and I'll do it for FREE it all my travel expenses are paid for.

With kind regards,

FrenchClaire.


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