Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Is a Vacation a Good Idea with an Alzheimer’s Patient?
For the upcoming holidays, many families plan vacations to visit distant friends or family. As a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s loved one, you may feel that this option is impossible. We are here to tell you that it is possible! Checking with your doctor to make sure your loved one is capable of the traveling will behoove you when making plans. Some doctors may recommend a companion to travel with you for extra care.
Once you have the all clear from your doctor, you can follow the tips below to ensure a safe, healthy, and fun vacation with those whom you love and enjoy.
1. Medication Management still applies. Be sure to bring ALL medication in a locked box to avoid misuse. Be sure to keep medications that are given at particular times to remain in the same routine. It is important to not disrupt your loved ones normal daily routine for medications.
2. Breaks throughout your vacation are imperative. If you are the type to make an itinerary, be sure to schedule extra stops along the way. Good break times are for snacks, bathroom breaks, medication times, or just leg stretching and fresh air time. Keeping your loved one cooped up in the car for long periods of time can lead to agitation and stress for yourself as well as the patient.
3. Bringing a friend or companion along for the trip may help. Having someone sit next to your loved one to keep them entertained while you drive is a great idea. Pack games, music, and extra snacks for the road or plane. Portable DVD players can be your best friend as an old movie can capture the eye of your loved one for some time.
4. Traveling during your loved ones best part of their day is a priority. You want to avoid sundowning or times when your loved ones behavior is at its peak.
5. Avoid overly crowded areas. Theme parks, busy restaurants, and even crowded rest areas are all places to avoid when traveling with a demented loved one. The various crowds of people can quickly become overwhelming for them and can lead to agitation.
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