Planning a Trip for a Senior in Your Life

Many caregivers are wary of taking their senior parents or friends for an evening on the town or a fun lunch at a local restaurant, but with careful planning and consideration, these can be wonderful experiences for everyone.

Richmond offers no shortage of options when it comes to entertainment, nature exploration and quality dining. Whitney Worrell, Manager Life Enrichment, plans outings for our residents. Trips range from walking the Virginia Capital Trail or the T. Tyler Potterfield Pedestrian Bridge, boating on the canal, dining al fresco, touring a museum or catching a show at a local theater.

Our residents love these trips and add ideas that inspire excursions. Whitney has a few tips for family members and caregivers as you consider planning a trip that includes a special senior in your life:

• Westminster Canterbury excursions are usually one to five hours in length and include opportunities for sitting or resting as needed.
• If you’re planning a nature trip, make sure you learn about trail accessibility and accommodations. Is the trail paved or gravel? Which parts of the trail are wheelchair accessible? Is the trail primarily flat or are there elevation changes?
• Call ahead to your destination and inquire about wheelchair access or ease of navigating with a walker.
• Whenever possible, make an advance trip to your destination. Face-to-face communication provides the most clarity and the opportunity to actually see the site will provide assurance that your destination is appropriate for your loved one.
• Always pack any required medication as well as a simple first-aid kit and snacks.

If you are interested in learning more about planning a trip with a senior in your life or want ideas for good locations, you are welcome to contact Whitney Worrell at (804) 264-6058 or

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