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Get the right support when staying away from home overnight

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Get the right support when staying away from home overnight
The government has announced that people in England can now stay overnight with one other household, either at one of your homes, a hotel or campsite.

If you’re going to visit friends or family who live further away, you may want to stay overnight, which could present a problem if you have a health condition that causes issues with your mobility or personal hygiene. Fortunately, we’ve got a whole host of travel and home products to help support you, so you can remain comfortable, fresh and happy when staying away from home. 

Preparation is key

As well as your pants, socks and wash bag, your medication is an important essential that you’ll need to pack on overnight trips. If you take daily medication, it may be handy to take a pill organiser rather than a complete pack of tablets, which will enable you to add pills to different boxes for the day of the week or time of day. Staying organised beforehand will also allow you to spend more time with your loved ones and reduce any worry about forgetting medication.
Wherever you’re travelling to, having a First Aid Kit in your car is a great way to stay prepared when you’re on the road and invaluable if an emergency does occur. Having equipment such as a first aid leaflet, bandages and sterile dressings on hand can help to treat injuries and wounds on yourself or another person whilst you’re away from home.

As fresh as a daisy

If you’re staying overnight at someone’s house for a few days or more, you will need to consider the best way to maintain your personal care and hygiene routines. You may need to check what bathing and showering facilities are available to ensure you can stay safe in the bathroom and bring alternative hygiene aids if necessary, such as Soft Dry Wipes. If you need some additional support in the bathroom, you may ask the family member or friend you’re staying with if they have a non-slip mat that you can use. Suction grab bars are ideal travel companions that you can attach to walls in the shower or bathroom if you need some temporary handheld support.

Top tips for a comfortable time away 

It’s important to stay comfortable when you’re away from home so you can relax and enjoy yourself. If you use a seating aid or cushion at home why not consider taking them with you on your trip, especially if you’re staying overnight at a loved one’s home. 
Alternatively, if you’re looking for support getting into and out of the car you may consider the benefits of a transfer aid. The revolving car seat enables you to rotate into or out of your car seat and avoid uncomfortable twisting. However, it’s important to remember not to use it when your car is on the move. 
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Keep an eye on your health

If you need to regularly monitor your health at home, you may need to take your devices with you when visiting friends or family and staying overnight at another home. An Oximeter is a handy monitor that fits on the end of your finger to read your blood oxygen levels and pulse rate. It can be an invaluable piece of equipment to indicate whether your levels have dropped and if you need to seek medical advice.
If you need to take regular blood pressure readings you may require the use of an Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor at home. This compact device gives clear blood pressure readings with the capacity to record 30 readings and can easily fit in a bag or suitcase so you can take it with you wherever you go.
To view more of the handy products that could help you when visiting friends and family, or staying overnight at a hotel, please visit our Complete Care Shop website


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