Help us help my granny~!
October 30, 2010 6:12 PM Subscribe
How can we get my grandma from overseas to the US as painlessly as possible without spending $$$$$ amount of money?
posted by joyeuxamelie to travel & transportation (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My grandma lives nearly by herself overseas. She's having a LOT of joint pain and needs knee surgery. She is also deteriorating mentally and needs to be around more people to interact with, so she's not just sitting in front of the TV and forgetting to eat.
The country she lives in doesn't have any kind of home assistance for the elderly, so we really just want to bring her to the US and have her stay with us. She'd have someone to cook and do laundry for her, the weather is much better here so she can go for walks, she can play with my younger siblings and there's health care that is close by and available to her. In general, it would just be better for her.
However, as I mentioned, movement is really painful for her. Even going down 3 or 4 stairs is very difficult. So, we don't know how she will deal with a 20+ hour overseas trip.
The problem is that we aren't exactly rich, so although first or business class would be roomier and more comfortable (and probably quieter), it's not something we can afford.
I'd like to know what affordable options are available for people in her situation, i.e elderly people with disabilities. We'll probably get her a wheelchair, so she doesn't have to walk in the airport, but we're worried about the long transatlantic flight itself. Economy class is so cramped, and the aisles aren't easy to walk through (we want her to be able to get up + stretch once in a while).
Once we figure out how to do this, my dad will fly over and bring her back.
Thanks for the help everyone!