The holidays are a perfect time to be surrounded by family, but if you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s, the travel can put a damper on things. New places with novel sounds and unfamiliar faces can lead to anxiety and disorientation. If you’re taking someone with dementia out of their comfort zone this holiday season, it’s important to go slow and keep your cool so that everyone enjoys themselves.
Alzheimer’s disease causes varying levels of impairment, but the sooner it is identified and diagnosed, the more manageable it becomes. There are three stages of Alzheimer’s: early, middle, and late. In its earliest stage, your loved one might have only some mild changes in memory recall or occasionally have trouble finding 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 taking someone with dementia out of their comfort zone this holiday season, it’s important to go slow and keep your cool so that everyone enjoys themselves.
Here are the top 5 tips to consider:
- Keep track of your loved one’s medications so that you can ensure they are taking the correct dosages at the appropriate intervals.
- 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 leave your loved one feeling alone and lost in an unfamiliar or strange place. Reassure them that you will stay by their side 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.
- Being rigid with your schedule can make traveling more difficult than necessary. By planning for some downtime and allowing yourself to explore, you’ll be able to create a trip that is both enjoyable and relaxing.
How Avanti Senior Living at Towne Lake Keeps Residents Engaged During the Holidays
Holidays are an important time for residents of Avanti Senior Living at Towne Lake. 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.