Disabled Traveller And Caregiver

by Anne Peterson
(Sonoma County, CA)


I am Anne, the sister of Hugh, an ambulatory 52-year old man who sustained a brain injury when he was 15. I am administering a supported living program for him.

He loves to camp, but it has become a burden on the staff and Hugh has difficulty getting out of the tent multiple times in the night to locate the men's room.

We are thinking of renting an RV to try this out. We need a toilet and enough room to sleep 2-3 unrelated people. We'd like to start with local trips and then (hopefully) go farther afield, should Hugh become comfortable with this.

Could you give us your thoughts on this?


Marianne's Reply:
Are there are any readers who can offer any first-hand advice on this topic? If so, your comments would be appreciated.

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Jul 06, 2009
Traveling with people with special needs
by: Kel & Julie

We have taken many trips with a young man who is both physically and mentally challenged. He had a stroke at birth and is ambulatory but physically limited on one side of his body and is mentally about 8 years old. We started slowly with short trips lasting one or two nights, and built up to longer trips that last up to ten days or so. We travel in a medium sized trailer and boondock camp almost exclusively. He enjoys the camping and exploring that we do. I would recommend starting slowly. Renting an RV, though expensive, sounds like a good way to start.

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