Planning an Intergenerational Family Vacation in Michigan

Michigan vacation with a seniorNow that summer has finally arrived, many Michigan families are busy making plans for vacation. If you are considering taking a grandparent along this summer, Michigan’s parks and beaches have much to offer.

In fact, Michigan had strong accessibility regulations for public parks and buildings dating back to before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With a little planning, your family can enjoy a safe summer intergenerational vacation close to home.

Intergenerational Summer Vacations for Michigan Families 

Here are a few tips and tools to help three generations of your family vacation together:

1.   Trail Link is a great website to use if your senior loved one requires a cane, walker or wheelchair to get around. It has a comprehensive list of trails that are wheelchair accessible. Each listing provides information on how long the trail is, the conditions (i.e. asphalt or concrete), and a 5-star review system.

2.   Research overall park accessibility before you leave home. Many parks make that easy to do online. Sleeping Bear Dunes, for example, has an accessibility page on their website that lists which areas of the park from parking lots to restrooms are best for those with physical limitations. You can also see where handicapped accessible campsites in the park are located.

3.   Create a medical file for your senior loved one, just in case you need it. Make sure you have a complete medical history, list of medications and dosages, and a list with contact information for each of their health care providers. There are phone apps like Caregiver’s Touch and Care Zone that make it easier to keep track of that information when you are on the go.

4.   Double check your loved one’s medication supply well in advance of leaving home. Make sure you have enough medicine to last the length of your vacation with a little extra just in case you run in to any unexpected delays in getting home.

5.   Use a trip planner like the one at Michigan.org or your local AAA office to establish realistic travel routes and book hotels or camp sites along the way.

6.   Finally, don’t overbook your days. Allow a little down time to give your senior loved one a chance to rest during the day.

Has your family gone on an intergenerational vacation?

Do you have any advice for adult children in Michigan who may be planning one?