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Travel Insurance - Carers UK Forum

Travel Insurance

Share your ideas about the practical side of caring.
My partner, who suffered a 'catastrophic' (Consultant's description) stroke last January, wonders about finding travel insurance. He needs something to 'hang on to/look forward to' and yes, it may never be attainable, but I feel I have to research this for him, and hopefully tell him that he can be insured....for a reasonable premium I hope? Whether a holiday will ever be a viable option, is for future consideration and planning (if I have the energy, strength and emotional resilience)! Insurance is the first step, and is important to him for all sorts of reasons.

Does anyone have any useful information on this subject. The world of Insurance Companies, is pretty overwhelming at the best of times; just been through the time consuming and sometimes frustrating process re car/building/contents insurances.

All help and info appreciated, and know how often on here folk have already been through, what seems to me presently, to be another mountain to climb!

Many thanks
Blair
Hi Blair
There are a number of insurers who handle people with various pre-existing medical conditions, travelling into old age and even with a terminal diagnosis. Thank goodness they exist as having something to look forward to is so important. Having taken my dad overseas twice when in his 90s, with umpteen medical conditions, I was very impressed at the way BA looked after us on the way too.

Here's something I found via Google: http://medicaltravelcompared.co.uk/trav ... troke.aspx

Good luck!
Jx
Many thanks Juggler for your quick response.
I've had a quick look at the link you kindly sent, and when I have more time (? okay, I'm still trying to be optimistic, re the amount of time I have for such research), I'll explore it thoroughly.
Many thanks
Blair
If you are thinking of a holiday, then can I suggest that you first go away for a night or two, then a bit longer, in the UK? There are a number of specialist holiday providers who could help. I was widowed 8 years ago, and disabled three months later, so travelling along was a very different experience, having married at 19. Before I went away each time, I made a list of what I needed to take, and having done my final packing, updated the list. When I came home, I updated the list and deleted anything I didn't need, added anything extra. In this way, my confidence gradually increased. My first trip was only 40 miles away - to Chichester, a town I love, near enough to come home if anything went disastrously wrong!!! There are a number of people here who have holidayed with carees, so why not share any concerns, and the solution might be a click away - but we can't promise.
Cruise liners might be better: they have full medical facilities anyway, and expect a few fatalities due to all that energetic dancing, Icebergs, and captains special excursions to sail nearby large rocks, and so on.
Good idea Scally. Incidentally, if anyone is considering starting a cruise in Southampton, be aware that very serious traffic queues are now occurring on cruise ship arrival/departure days - I'm talking hours on some days! So it would be a lot less stressful to stay in Southampton itself overnight, before departure. I live in the Radio Solent coverage area, and often hear the traffic reports.
Thanks you Bowlingbun and Scally for your helpful replies to my post. There is a lot to research and just never enough time, but I am determined to start this coming week........! Famous last words huh?

With thanks
Blair
Well, I did try (for hours at a time, and that is no exaggeration).

Due to the nature of my partner's disabilities no-one, (specialist or otherwise), was prepared to insure him for current medical conditions. I tried all variations, single trip insurance, annual insurance, cruises, even to a degree down played his disabilities - just to see if it was at all possible - and nope, to no avail.

Truth be known, I am slightly relieved, though sad for him, as unless we had paid help along with us, even on a cruise (and we have done a few of them pre stroke days), it would not be much of a holiday for me....to put it mildly.

My conscience is clear, I am exhausted and mourn for him, the man he was, but have done what was asked of me.......!

Thanks for all help received.
Blair
Hi Blair
There are a number of insurers who handle people with various pre-existing medical conditions, travelling into old age and even with a terminal diagnosis.

Here's something I found via Google: http://www.itssoeasytravelinsurance.com/heart.html

Hope this will help!
The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) may be able to help if you are finding it difficult to get travel insurance.

http://www.biba.org.uk/CustomerHome.aspx