Friday, July 15, 2016

The Easy Way To Plan Your Vacation After Treatment

A relaxing vacation after a physically and emotionally exhausting medical treatment is just what a patient needs to get back on his/her feet. Luckily, most medical travel destinations have abundant tourism opportunities for their patients with Thailand, Costa Rica, Malaysia and India being some of the most popular ones.

A relaxing spa day at one of Phuket’s beach resorts or a serene temple visit in India is enough to re-energize patients and restore their enthusiasm. However, one must tread with caution while planning a post-treatment vacation to make sure that the activities aren’t stressful and don’t come in the way of the patient’s recovery.

Considerations While Planning The Vacation

1.     Intensity Of The Procedure

The more critical the procedure, the longer it will take to recover. The recovery period, hence, should preferably be a part of the vacation. Careful vacation planning is an essential part of medical tourism.

The patient must plan his vacation depending on the intensity of the procedure. Procedures like cardiac, nervous or orthopedic are major and need greater care, while cosmetic, dental are considered minor.

The patient must chalk out his itinerary such that his vacation is not detrimental to his health while in the recovery process.

A patient who has just undergone something as intense as chemotherapy, for example, must keep away from long journeys and strenuous activities as he is very susceptible to infections from germs. Or if the patient had cardiac surgery recently, he may be advised to avoid or postpone air travel, as it can increase the risk of developing blood clots.

2.     Duration Of Recovery Period

The recovery period after the procedure must also be accounted for when planning a vacation. In case of a long recovery period, patients can opt for a short vacation, while patients with short recovery periods can indulge in longer, more adventurous vacations.

A short trip, while not physically tiring, avoids the expenses and preparations of a longer trip which can be unfavorable considering the patient’s weak health. A long trip, though costing a little more, can be perfect for the patient to unwind and then return to his normal routine.

3.     Focus On Complete Recuperation

The pivotal part of any vacation after treatment is the patient’s recovery and it is essential that it remains the focal point. Physical and occupational therapy are often a part of medical vacations to maintain and improve the patient’s physical and mental health.The patient must consult his doctor before deciding to go on any vacation, long or short so that nothing comes in the way of his recovery.

All precautions must be taken to maintain proper health and fitness. Patients still recovering from treatment should refrain from partaking in adventure sports, heavy shopping or even trying different cuisines, all in the interest of maintaining good health.

4.     Know All Possible Complications

While on vacation, the patient must be fully prepared for any kind of complication or medical emergency that may crop up. It is always a good idea for patients to keep in constant touch with their physicians to cope with any situation that he may be faced with.

A patient having lymphedema issues, for example, should opt for a compressive sleeve to manage their symptoms. The patient should also take care to carry all his medicines and store them safely. It is also a good idea to know where the nearest hospital is, in case of any emergency.

5.     Availability And Work Schedule

Medical travel providers wisely analyse the work schedules of the clients and
carefully layout the plans for their medical treatment and holidays.

The only way for a vacation to be truly relaxing is if it accommodates the patient’s busy schedule. While a vacation to restore good health is important, it is also essential to make sure that it does not disrupt the patient’s personal and professional life.

If one plans to travel with family or a companion, it is also important to have their schedules in mind while planning a trip. Many people opt for medical travel facilitators to orchestrate their travel plans for them, thus being free of all the hassle it entails.

6.     Estimating Expenses

The expense of a vacation after the treatment can be taxing to deal with, if out of budget. Medical travel involves financial planning and budget estimation before deciding to proceed with the treatment.

While on vacation, the patient must account for hotel charges, food, transportation costs or any additional charges for tourist activities. In order to make such a trip affordable, patients can opt for packages offered by travel agents as they include airfare, accommodation and treatment at cheap rates.

7.     Knowing Your Companion’s Preferences

Patients often like to vacation with a family member or a companion, as the presence of a known face in a foreign country can be very comforting. It is important to take their preferences into consideration while not compromising on the patient’s needs to have a good visit abroad. Their accommodation, food choices and recreation must be taken into account while on holiday. The memories made with a loved one on vacation can often be just as healing as the medical treatment itself.

A well planned vacation after medical treatment provides patients with much needed respite and a chance to relax before resuming their normal lives.

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