Why Certified Senior TravALZ Companions?

Growing older doesn’t mean travel needs to end. Even people living with dementia desire to stay connected to family and friends and still explore new places. For many, chronic health conditions, added frailty or lack of family and friends to join in will limit travel. Having a competent and knowledgeable travel companion who can plan and carry out travel allows older adults to relax and enjoy the experience.

AARP notes that older adults spend more money to travel than any other age group. Prior to covid, many were taking up to 5 trips per year. Health and mobility issues are what sidetrack most older adults from reaching their travel goals. 

We created Certified Senior TravALZ Companions to meet the growing demand for seniors (and younger) who need added assistance to make travel possible. We provide detailed training to ensure that Certified Senior TravALZ Companions know how to assess, plan and execute travel for the unique needs of a variety of clients.  Our intensive 2-day training, with ongoing supervision, provides individuals the opportunity to become competent and confident travel companions for trips that include relocation, celebrations and leisure travel.

Day 1 reviews the impact of travel on aging adults with a focus on dementia, as this is, and will continue to be one of the greatest barriers to travel. Participants will learn how to assess client needs prior to travel. Practical hands-on tips to support basic needs, changing cognition, effective communications skills, safety precautions and MORE are provided.

Day 2 will include a field trip to the MSP airport, terminal 1, where we have reserved the mock Delta airplane for our training.  There, we will provide practical instruction on safe client transfers, seating, employment of airplane amenities and MORE. We will also focus on the business aspects of companion care. Participants will learn how to start up a new business. Practical aspects will include client intake, setting fee schedules, managing liabilities, planning and booking travel, marketing, client satisfaction and MORE. Real case studies will be used as participants learn to problem-solve situations. As participants begin their companion work, debriefing before/after trips will be scheduled with the faculty to ensure competence.

​Following completion of the 2-day training, participants will:

-       Complete case studies and debrief with Carol & Jan

-       Complete a background check

-       Plan and execute a trip with a senior/disabled adult and

        debrief with Carol & Jan

-       Obtain feedback/testimonial from client

-       Complete a CPR/First Aid course (if not already medically 

        trained)

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"Thank you for inviting me to participate in the CSTC training program this year.  In my business, I provide care and travel companion services for older adults.   Although I sometimes provide care for individuals with hidden and other disabilities, I have never traveled with anyone who has these challenges.  

 

The information I received in the program along with support from my classmates has proven invaluable to me both personally and professionally.  

 

I recently traveled internationally with a client who has physical disabilities.  Because of the training I received through CTSC, I was able to confidently navigate the logistics for the client and the trip.   As a result, the client experienced a successful trip.  

 

Thank you for helping to make that trip a success and for helping to turn my dream of becoming a [full time] care and travel companion a reality!"

Certified Travel Companion Cheryl Pegues, class of 2021