Taking a Senior With Dementia on a Trip? These Advices Apply To You

There Are Others Like You.

You’re not alone if you dread taking your loved one on outings.


Going on trips with your loved one who has Alzheimer’s is one of the most difficult aspects of providing care for them. It can be challenging to take elderly people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s out in public without causing a scene since they often exhibit embarrassing or strange habits.


Pack a carry-on bag.

Be ready, they advise. It is real! Fill a tote bag with necessities and gifts for your loved one. Here are some suggestions for what to pack for a trip to make it more enjoyable:


  • Snacks and water, magazines and books, photocopies of significant legal documents, current medical information, emergency contact information, relevant drugs, incontinence briefs, wipes and tissues, and emergency contact information
  • A calming object for them to grasp, extra clothing, weather-related items (umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, gloves, etc.), and extra clothing


Pick locations that are accommodating to those with Alzheimer’s

Many businesses are not sympathetic when your loved one exhibits socially unacceptable conduct; instead of helping you, they will often ask you to leave.

While it may not always be practicable, try to patronize businesses whose staff members have undergone specialized training to better understand and support those who have dementia and their carers.

Consider your elderly loved one’s behavior in the location you intend to visit. With all the sights, noises, and people, busy places (including eateries, movie theaters, and amusement parks) can be overwhelming. Pick your place of travel wisely.


Have your justifications ready

When an adult exhibits strange behaviors, such as removing clothing or shouting inappropriately, bystanders will naturally feel uncomfortable and possibly stare. Make a plan for how you will handle these circumstances.

Here’s an idea: Create little notes that you may present to onlookers to let them know that your senior loved one has Alzheimer’s care and to ask them to pardon their outburst. The dignity of your loved one is also preserved by using this tactful method of communication.


Be composed

Do you think this one is obvious? It’s simple to become upset beside a liked one. Taking them on an outing increases your stress levels because you are already working extremely hard to take care of them.

But it’s crucial to keep your composure. If you see that the outing is making you more stressed than usual, take three deep breaths, tell yourself that you’re doing the best you can, and then go quietly.

Your composure will benefit your loved one as well.


Let your loved one know ahead of time

Some older adults with dementia dislike having their schedules abruptly changed. Give them some time to prepare. Tell your loved ones where you’re going, when you’ll be there, what to expect, and any other details that may make them feel more at ease and in charge.


By including things from their typical daily routine, you can keep your schedule as close to normal as you can.


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