Advice for travel insurance..

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by snowman, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. snowman

    snowman Registered User

    Aug 9, 2006
    3
    Hi friends... I have been reading the site for a while now, since my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimers... But this is my first post..:eek:

    Dad has always been the quiet silent type, but a couple of months ago mom called and said she wanted to speak with my brother and I about his situation. (it was the first we knew about it). She had been keeping the whole issue from us for approx 12 months. He has now been seen for his memory test and is on some medication with regular reviews. But whenever i see him he seems fine.. no problems. Mom seems to be getting stressed out about the whole situation, with things being missplaced etc.

    They both love to travel and we keep saying to them to get away, but with the added issue of dad's illness we are finding it hard to get travel insurance.

    Does anyone have any ideas, or companies??


    Any help greatly appreciated..

    snowman
     
  2. Helena

    Helena Registered User

    May 24, 2006
    715
    I suspect your best bet would be to book a SAGA holiday

    I think they will insure your Father

    Other Insurance Co are unlikely to take on the risk

    You need to be careful that all medical diagnosis etc are declared as otherwise you will invalidate any claim
     
  3. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,432
    There's a thread here about travel insurance
    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/TalkingPoint/Discuss/showthread.php?t=550

    From what I can see, age might be a bigger factor - many policies have a blanket exclusion for older people. I believe that age concern have a travel insurance policy designed with older people in mind. Where they are thinking of going would be an issue as well - within the EEC would be better probably due to reciprocal health care agreements.
     
  4. plastic scouser

    plastic scouser Registered User

    Age Concern will cover you - my Mum & Dad have just come back from 2 weeks with friends in France - Dad's 85 and has AD...
     
  5. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    Try Direct Travel Insurance

    http://www.direct-travel.co.uk/Index.asp

    I got a very good price for my son's holiday this year. He has diabetes and was unfortunate enough to end up in hospital last year as the result of a bad hypo while he was on holiday. Direct Travel Insurance only charged a couple of quid above their normal rate and said they would have covered the diabetes for no extra charge had the incident occurred more than 12 months earlier.

    My son is only 18 so that helps as well!

    I wouldn't count on reciprocal health care arrangements through an EHIC on its own. From what I have heard it is not like in the UK where you will always be relatively close to an NHS hospital. However, I would get the EHIC card anyway as some insurers insist on it.
     

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