Go on an outing with a senior with dementia? These 8 Tips are for You

You’re not the only one afraid to take your loved ones on outings.

Going on outings with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s is one of the most difficult aspects of caring for them. You may have to be careful when taking your loved one out. Seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s might display unusual or embarrassing behaviour in public.

Benefits of Outings

Being social and getting out in the sun are two of the best ways to help others.

* Improve their moods

* Reduce stress levels

• Improve their sleeping patterns

* Make use of their energy in a positive manner

* Make new memories

* Reduce isolation

* Increase self-esteem, confidence, self-worth, and happiness.

* Make them a reality

Both seniors and caregivers need to go out. These 8 tips will make your outings more enjoyable and smoother.

Your go-bag is essential.

They say, “Be prepared.” It’s true! It’s true! These are some suggestions for what you should bring to make your outing more enjoyable.

* Water and snacks

* Contact information for emergencies

* The most current medical information

* Photocopies important legal documents

* Relevant medications

* Incontinence briefs

* Tissues and wipes

* Books and magazines

* Weather-related accessories (umbrellas, sunglasses, gloves, sunscreen, etc.)

* Additional clothing

* A comforting item to keep them occupied

Places that are Alzheimer-friendly.

Many businesses won’t offer support if your loved one exhibits unacceptable behaviour.

Although it is not always possible to visit places with employees who have received special training to assist those with dementia and their caregivers, you can still choose to go.

Consider how your senior loved ones will behave at the destination you are planning to visit. Seeing all the sights, sounds, and people in busy places like restaurants, cinemas, and amusement parks can be overwhelming. Choose your destination carefully.

Prepare explanations.

Adults who are acting strangely will make others uncomfortable. These situations can be difficult to handle.

Print small cards and give them to others. Let them know that your loved one has Alzheimer’s. Please forgive their outburst. This discreet way to inform people helps preserve dignity.

Keep calm.

This seems obvious to you? It is easy to become agitated with your loved ones. It is already hard work caring for your loved one. Taking them out on an excursion adds to the stress.

It’s vital to keep your cool. Take three deep breaths if your stress levels rise due to the outing. Then, continue calmly.

Your loved one will benefit from your calm state.

Notify your loved ones in advance

Many people with dementia dislike sudden changes in their routines. It is important to take the time to prepare them. Let your family know when you are going and where, as well as what to expect.

You can also keep your daily routine normal by adding tasks to your regular day.

Inform people about your destination.

Be forewarned! Are you going to visit someone you know? Make sure to prepare them for a visit. Tell your loved one that you are concerned about their dementia or Alzheimer’s. They may exhibit unusual behaviour. You can give them some guidelines on what to do and not do.

When speaking to people with dementia, people often do “memory checks”. You should inform your loved ones that they may be agitated by the idea of testing them.

They should be dressed comfortably.

Your loved one’s physical comfort can significantly affect their behaviour. To reduce outbursts, ensure your loved one is dressed in comfortable clothes and shoes. Proper shoes can help an elderly loved one avoid falling.

It’s important to time it correctly.

You know your loved one performs better at different times of the day and week as a caregiver. Your loved ones should be happy and at their best, so plan your trip for that time. You should also ensure that the trip is not too long.

All set!

These tips will help you be prepared for the next outing with an ageing loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Are you looking for other helpful resources? Community Home Health Care employs a team of caring and experienced caregivers in-home, including personal care aides and registered nurses.

Please visit our website to learn more about our medical assistance, personal care, and friendship. 

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