Summer has arrived, which means a lot of traveling to enjoy the sights and sounds of the world outside of your home. However, traveling can be very difficult and stressful, especially when traveling with loved ones with dementia.
Traveling with loved ones who have dementia will not just be difficult for you; but also for the person affected with dementia. So, here are some caregiver tips that will make traveling much smoother and easier for you, your loved one, and the family!
- Start the traveling off right by describing where you all are going and what you may be doing.
- Allow extra time.
- When driving or taking a flight, it’s best to keep in mind that you’ll need to give your loved one extra time to feel comfortable.
- Make sure your loved one is wearing an ID bracelet.
- Carry emergency contact information.
- A list of their current medications, allergies, and physician information.
- Keep surroundings as familiar as possible.
- Try to bring familiar things from their home on your trip
- Keep travel time to less than 4 hours.
- Have activities and photos prepared to keep your loved one busy during the travel time.
- Limit connections and layovers.
- Try to take a direct flight to your destination.
- Many airlines will allow you to pre-board this will give you and your loved one more time to adjust to the new surroundings.
- Set realistic expectations.
- Traveling with someone in the early stages of dementia is often easier.
- If your loved one exhibits physical or verbal aggression or delusions, it may be better to find summer fun locally.
- Be patient.
In conclusion, engagement is especially important. Patience and planning are key. Travelling can be enriching and stir great memories. Thoughtful planning and constant communication will help prepare and reassure all for the best trip possible.
If you or someone you care about needs additional support to help cope, The Option Group is here to help. Please contact our professional care management team for assistance.