Traveling in India? Great Meet and Assist Service by Spice Jet Airlines

When something goes wrong, we complain to the world. However, when something goes better than we expected, the credit doesn’t necessarily always go where it should. I’m writing this blog post/ article/ review to give that credit where it’s due.

 

My parents, both of who are in their late 60’s, were flying to Bangalore in April to meet relatives there. All of us were booked on an early morning SpiceJet flight. I normally do my trips with them since I feel uncomfortable about them traveling alone. However, as chance would have it, an important & un-avoidable business trip came up during the same period and I had to cancel my ticket.

 

Worried, I called up the airline and found out that they have a “Meet & Assist” service. The service was free of charge so I didn’t have too many expectations from it, nonetheless I chose to avail it, since that would lend me some peace of mind.

 

On the day of the departure, I drove my parents down to the airport unsure of how they’ll manage without me around or even if this “Meet and Assist” thing would work well.

 

Anyhow, here’s their account of the journey from the Delhi Airport to Bangalore when I spoke to them after they reached.

 

My parents were met by a ground staff at the check in counter who helped them through all the formalities and helped them to check in quickly. My mother has arthritis, making it difficult for her to climb stairs and such. Noticing this, a SpiceJet staff helped her aboard the bus and arranged for a seat in the over crowded bus.

 

Inside the aircraft, my parents were guided to their seats and the in flight staff put their hand luggage in the hold. My mother is a jittery passenger like some and not really comfortable during the initial takeoff and landing. However, she found both quite comfortable on the flight which helped her relax for the journey.

 

Since this was an early morning flight, I had pre-ordered breakfast for both of them. They quite liked the food which had a healthy variety and good taste. The same staff member who had helped them with their luggage also got them complimentary tea and cookies. 

 

Check out again was a breeze since the on-ground staff was there to help. They also rolled the trolley for them till the exit point.

 

Mom and dad are of course really happy about the five star treatment they got from the SpiceJet staff. What makes me really happy is that finally there is an airline which is sensitive to the needs of senior citizens and an airline that I can let my parents fly alone on.

 

Definitely recommended.

The Benefits of a Fibromyalgia Service Dog

Fibromylagia is a form of rheumatism that affects soft tissue and not the joints. Individuals who suffer from the Fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS encounter chronic pain in different points of the body such as the upper back, neck, lower back and more. Using a Fibromyalgia service dog can help alleviate that pain in many ways.

Research and studies show that individuals who suffer from chronic pain and have service dogs are able to better cope with the symptoms over those who don’t have such dogs do. Even people with heart ailments who have dogs or pets are less likely to need more medical attention after being discharged from the hospital, studies say.

Perhaps the reason why having a service dog helps in treating the symptoms of FMS is because having a warm, loyal and furry friend helps one to cope with the pain that comes with the affliction. This is because the patient may feel more secure and content with the presence of a dog and it gives them something else to focus on other than their pain.

In some cases, a dog or pet can prove to be the motivation a person with FMS needs to get out of bed in the morning despite feeling like they’d much rather stay under the covers.

Studies have also shown that owning pets, particularly trained dogs can help alleviate stress. This fact is especially beneficial for individuals who suffer from FMS because stress needs to be avoided at all times to avoid occurrence or the worsening of symptoms. This is why many FMS treatments include stress alleviation through drugs or natural alternative remedies.

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A lot of individuals with FMS may shy away from the prospect of having a dog because they may think that owning a pet may be too much to manage especially when FMS symptoms set it. However, a properly trained dog can really help if mobility is impaired. They can do activities like switching on and off lights, help with the laundry, opening doors and retrieving items.

Although you will need to be able to meet the needs of you dog too. They have to be fed and watered, given room to run and exercise and you should ensure that nothing in your house or garden could cause them harm.

If you are interested in getting a service dog to help you then you will need to be legally registered as having a disability as service dogs are specifically trained to help with particular conditions. You’ll need to complete forms and submit them to the organization of your choice. It’s important to note that this process can be length and expensive, so check to see if you are entitled to any compensation