Holidays are a time to rejoice with family, but if you’re suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, traveling can be tricky. New surroundings with strange noises and routines can result in stress and confusion. If you’re planning on traveling with someone who has dementia, it is vital to be patient so that everyone has a good time.
While Alzheimer’s disease affects people to varying degrees, the earlier you identify it and get a diagnosis, the better. There are three stages of Alzheimer’s: early, middle, and late. Your loved one in the early stage might experience some mild changes in memory recall or have more trouble than usual with words – this can make travel rather daunting but luckily help is at hand.
Undecided on whether traveling is a good idea for your loved one with dementia? Why not try taking a test run first? Pay close attention to any problems that may arise, such as anxiety or confusion. Also, make sure to keep your loved ones’ routine consistent while away. And before leaving on your trip, be sure to look over some tips specifically designed for traveling with someone who has dementia.
If you’re planning on traveling with someone who has dementia, it is vital to be patient so that everyone has a good time.
Here are the top 5 tips to consider:
- Be responsible for your loved one’s medication dosage and frequency by keeping track of their medications.
- It is crucial to have copies of essential documents, such as ID cards and medical contacts. Your loved one with dementia should also carry an ID card that identifies their condition in case they wander off or become lost.
- Never abandon your loved one in an unfamiliar or strange place; they could become scared and disoriented. Reassure them that you will remain with them to protect them.
- If you or someone you’re traveling with has special needs, inform the airline, hotel, and other necessary organizations before your flight so they can take appropriate precautions. For example, if you have a loved one who tends to wander off, make sure car keys are hidden or doors are double-locked.
- By leaving some flexibility in your schedule, you won’t feel rushed and things will be overall less difficult. Make sure to give yourself time to travel and take plenty of breaks so that you can enjoy the experience.
How Avanti Senior Living at Peoria Keeps Residents Engaged During the Holidays
Holidays are an important time for residents of Avanti Senior Living at Towne Peoria. The physical and mental health benefits from social activities, events, and celebrations are especially beneficial for those living with dementia. At Avanti, we understand that the holidays can be a stressful time for those with dementia and their families. We work hard to create a positive and engaging environment for our residents during the holidays. Our dedicated staff is trained in dementia care and understands the importance of providing compassionate, thoughtful support to those living with dementia. We also strive to provide stimulating activities throughout the year that keep our residents engaged in their community.