How soon can you travel after a stroke?

Tips on Traveling after a stroke


A stroke usually takes a great toll on your mental of physical capabilities. In case you have recently had a stroke or mini-stroke, it is necessary you ensure that you do not travel unless your physician informs you that it is safe to do so.

Tips on Traveling after a stroke

  • Once your doctor informs you on this, you should not be in a hurry to take long trips, what you need to do is take a short day trip and see how you tolerate the stress levels that it brings.
  • It is also necessary to consider a traveling companion when you decide to take this short trip.
  • If you are traveling by air contact their passenger medical clearance unit before you travel as they will assist you throughout your travel.
  • It is important to take your folding chair with you. You have been in a wheel chair for some time, and your physical therapy may not yet have given you enough energy to stand for long hours. For instance, in case you are waiting in line in an airport, ensure that move with your chair as it will give you more comfort as opposed to standing in line when you may not have enough energy. Alternatively, you can sit on the waiting for departure deck while a traveling companion waits in line for you.

Precautions to Take When Living In a Hotel

  • Ensure that you train for the trip by doing more walking than you do at home. It will help you as you move around your hotel of accommodation.
  • When you travel, ensure you stay in a hotel that fits your new lifestyle. The bathroom should be easily accessible and should have safety grab-bars. If there is no elevator, you should ensure that you get a room in the ground floor. The restaurant should also be a short distance away from your room for ease of access. Call and ask these questions before you choose to travel.
  • In case you need to sightsee, a bus tour is a good way to do this. You get to see sights, and you do not have to move out of the bus. A guided tour is a good way for a stroke survivor to sightsee.
  • Ensure that your companion has a copy of your itinerary in case you need to move out of the hotel unaccompanied. This way, they always know where you are and can locate you in case you need assistance.

Taking Stroke Travel Insurance

  • Travel insurance will help make your trip more enjoyable in case you need any assistance. You get special benefits if you have recently had a stroke or had one some time back.
  • It covers emergency medical as well as other expenses.
  • Offers specific cover for damage or loss of medical aids or prescribed medication.
  • In the case of an emergency, you do not have to worry about paying huge medical bills.
  • There is a medical emergency helpline open just for you.
  • You can get the quote that is right for you just by easy online screening.

When you have these tips in mind, all you need to do is prepare for that trip. Your doctor has just given you a clean bill of health, and you are ready to travel. Ensure you book your trip and get an ESTA at an embassy close to you and travel to America.

Goran Nikolov is a content writer of Protista, a website where you can find a lot of interesting lists. He is from Macedonia and has a passion to write lists about everything that surrounds him, especially about sports, health, music, technology and history. Goran loves to play basketball in his free time, enjoys playing on his guitar and sharing his thoughts with others.