As you've probably noticed when listening to the news or reading the newspaper – it's definitely the season for vacation fun for all ages from grandkids to seniors. The last time I was at the airport, it was much more crowded, including plenty of my compadres from the baby boomer generation on up to the older senior citizen I chatted with in the eating area. For many, it's a time to visit grandkids near and far. For others, it's the happy news they are getting to take that long-dreamed of vacation overseas. BUT what would have happened to my friend's senior mom if she had become a stroke patient while in a foreign country? Scary thought, isn't it!
The reason I had the thought was because I was in the midst of the series on caring for elderly parents who are stroke patients when I got a very interesting note from Cathy who works for a favorite company of our Sandwich Generation family, Assist.
With kids who have a strong sense of adventure and love for God, I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised when they planned and participated in overseas missionary trips. I was so proud of them, but also worried about health and accidents at the same time. I did a LOT of praying as you can imagine.
A few years later, when an adventurous young adult traveled overseas alone, again, this time for fun – once again there were lots of prayers, lots of concern, but also a welcome relief since I'd recently discovered . As Cathy explains it:
Assist is the nation's premier membership program with the nation's premier medical evacuation protection that they will surely need if they become a stroke victim or are hospitalized for a variety of other reasons while traveling the globe and need hospitalized back home…
Knowing the difference in medical evacuation options is crucial because most Platinum card benefits and standard travel insurance policies will not get you to the hospital of your choice if you are hospitalized while traveling.
As she went on to explain, generally speaking – credit card and other companies will usually only arrange to medically evacuate you, and that's ONLY IF it is medically necessary. And at that point, they only evacuate you to the closest appropriate medical center.
As I learned when we used MedjetAssist the first time, Medjet lets YOU decide where you want to go for your care and treatment. Needless to say, most Medjet members want to get back to their own home hospital, medical professionals and network of family and friends. Or, as in our case, to a hospital near a family member who will be available to care for them once they are released from the hospital.
Since we were living several states apart at that time, I was so relieved to know that if they'd been injured or taken seriously ill, they could come to a hospital near me so I could visit – then nurse them back to health before sending them back home. And I so appreciated that as a Medjet member, the decision on where we wanted to go was up to us!
As Cathy explained so well:
As a Medjet member if you become hospitalized 150 miles or more from home, virtually anywhere in the world, Medjet will arrange medical transfer to the hospital of your choice. With Medjet there are no medical necessity clauses, transport cost limitations or additional fees and no pre-existing condition exclusions up to age 75.
What great news for all of us boomers and seniors!
I am so grateful to God that the two times we used MedjetAssist, we never needed to take advantage of their services. But I am also so grateful to God that He provided me with the knowledge of them for both those trips. When I was sitting at home, praying and waiting to hear how they were doing, God would remind me they were fine. And if they needed to come home due to illness or injury, THEY COULD.
I know if my senior parents had ever taken that trip overseas like they used to think of, before they fell in love with Hawaii (MUCH closer – yay!), I would definitely have recommended to them as well. In fact, I would have recommended it for the Hawaii trips too! And I certainly recommend MedjetAssist to you – for yourself, your traveling kids, and your elderly parents with fun wanderlust. It's perfect for the multigenerational Sandwich Generation!
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