Client Veronica Hanekom and Margot Phillips.
Client Veronica Hanekom and Margot Phillips. Che Chapman

Care worker going the extra mile

OLD age or a disability shouldn't stop anyone from venturing to far and exotic places.

So to enable those who may have given up on the idea of travel and holidaying, aged and disability care worker, turned entrepreneur Margot Phillips has launched a new service offering personal travel care and assistance to seniors and the disabled.

With years of experience working in nursing homes and for private care companies, Ms Phillips is qualified and experienced in caring for those in need.

"Travel has so many benefits ... it gives you the feeling of living again," she said.

"I know from working in a nursing home, many of the elderly are just sitting there with not a lot to do or look forward to,"

The thrill and exhilaration that comes with holidaying just gives them that feeling that life is not over, she explained

"I am passionate about offering the opportunity to those in the later part of their life or disabled, who have dreamt of travelling and seeing the world, but not had the opportunity, to now have that chance to fulfil the dream."

As part of the service, clients discuss with Ms Phillips where they would like to go, what they want to do and the type of holiday they require.

Ms Phillips takes care of all the necessary arrangements and bookings and accompanies the client on the getaway, providing them with the level of care needed, high care or low, while abroad.

"There's a lot of work attached to planning the holiday," Ms Phillips explained.

Part of the planning process included checking whether the accommodation and tourist operators involved were equipped to cater for the client with everything from wheelchair access to shower stools and arranging the hire of any personal care or mobility aids the client may need while away.

The idea to start the personal travel care service for seniors and the disabled came to Ms Phillips after caring for her mother on several adventures.

"I accompanied my mother, now 80 years old, on her holidays. Even though she is physically and mentally very well, she does not feel confident to travel on her own," she said

"I thought there must be other people like my mum, who want to travel and don't want their age or disability to hold them back.

"I had the opportunity to accompany a disabled lady, needing high level care, on a 14-day cruise in November 2011. It was her first holiday in 15 years, a holiday that seemed impossible"

Seeing the appreciation and joy, her service brings to others is what drives the passionate care provider.

"I love the rewards of doing something valuable for someone else and getting their gratification," she said.

For travel assistance contact Margot Phillips on 54456617 or email:

Pre-trip medical planning advice

  • Consult with your doctor for a complete medical check-up. This is especially important if you have coronary heart disease, hypertension or any other chronic condition, or if you have recently undergone surgery or experienced a heart attack.
  • Discuss any particular health concerns you may have, such as dietary changes and the possible impact of different eating habits on your specific condition. People with diabetes will need medical advice on how to safely stagger their medications to fit a different time zone.
  • Consider having your flu and pneumonia vaccinations before you go on your trip.
  • Visit your dentist for a check-up. Visit any other health care providers you consult with on a regular basis, such as your optometrist.
  • Some medications that are legal in Australia may be prohibited overseas. Contact the Australian embassies in the countries you intend visiting to check. Take enough medication to last the entire trip.


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