Caregiving and Traveling
Everybody travels. Traveling doesn’t only mean leaving your hometown to go somewhere distant. It also means going down the street, to the doctor’s office, to work, and so on. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia, they will inevitably travel somewhere (e.g. the doctor’s office). Traveling can be a stressful experience for your loved one since it often involves a little bit of unfamiliarity with the surrounding environment or with new people. Because of their degenerative neurological disorder, it may be difficult for them to understand what is going on, which may cause confusion, agitation, and anxiety. This can be especially tricky if you do have to travel longer distances on holidays, for example. Today, we will go over some ways to help make any kind of travel as smooth as possible for your loved one.
As a family caregiver, you may have to be responsible for transporting your loved one to wherever they may need to go. So it is important to make transportation and traveling as smooth as possible.
Follow these tips:
- Be organized and plan: Step one may seem obvious, but having a direct plan to go from point A to point B can be most important. Having a logistical plan will help minimize time in any uncomfortable environments, like enclosed cars, buses, or planes.
- Plan ahead for seamless transitions: If you are going to the airport, make sure you know all of the entrances you need to walk through and know exactly where to proceed. The less confused you are, the more attention and energy you can focus on your loved one if they begin to feel confused.
- Bring important items: Make sure you have a list of everything your loved one needs. This could mean medications, a daily schedule, and any comforting items important to your loved one, like a soft pillow or blanket.
- Be aware of wandering: Sometimes your loved one may want to wander if they are in a new place. Make sure you have a plan in place in case something like this happens, like setting up a device that will alert you and relevant parties when your loved one gets lost.
- Prepare for emergencies: Create a list of emergency contacts, especially if you are traveling to another state. Research ahead and learn about resources that are there to support you and your loved one. If you are traveling short distances, like to a nearby park, it is still important to know where you can turn in case of an emergency.
If you have any more questions, feel free to contact ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website. We will be happy to provide any more advice!