Many people have difficulty flying. Whether it’s an injury, illness, or physical disability, the reasons for avoiding flying are numerous. However, flight is one of the best ways to move people over great distances, and if you have one of these medical challenges you may find that you need to see a specialist or physician that requires you to travel.
If this happens to you, you’re in luck; there are people who make a living by providing an air travel companion to those in need of one. Here’s a little bit more about these professionals, as well as why you might want to hire one for yourself or a loved one.
What are Medical Air Travel Companions?
Rather than just a person to hold your hand and reassure you that your plane ride will be safe and comfortable, professional air travel companions and escorts are there to make sure that it is. By acting as both a non-emergency nurse and a client advocate, these professionals help people who must travel despite physical or medical challenges do so with dignity and comfort. They also provide medical monitoring and care to ensure safety and wellness throughout the journey.
Who Do These Nurses Serve?
The patients served by travel and flight nurses are varied, but in general, they include:
- Elderly patients
- Those with physical disabilities
- Those with profound mental disorders or disabilities
- Patients with dementia
- Patients with severe chronic illness
- Patients who have sustained major injuries
- Patients recovering from surgery
- Patients in unstable or delicate health
- Any patient who needs additional monitoring or assistance during air travel
If you think you or a loved one would be well-served by a medical air travel companion, contact your local provider of travel nursing services. You may find that flying isn’t so bad, with someone along to make it easier.