Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Tips for Traveling with Someone Who Has Dementia
When traveling near or far with an Alzheimer’s loved one, you must go prepared. The trip may be the greatest gift you can give them. Whether it’s seeing an old friend, visiting distant family, or their last trip to their hometown, there are many important tips to bring along the way as well.
Traveling with the elderly may not be easy, so remember these 5 tips:
1. Do your research and plan ahead. Always pick the shortest and the most direct route.
2. Remember accessibilities. Remember to ask for rows that are designated for disabled travelers and if they have wheel chair services. When driving a distance, remember to have enough room for certain medical devices that the patient requires.
3. Organize documentation. Get all necessary paperwork in order such as passports, licenses, credit cards, cash, etc. in order to ease the trip. Keep your loved ones items in their own bag that you are able to monitor.
4. Pack smart. Stay practical. Keep bags to a minimum especially if you are the one responsible for all of the luggage!
5. Think about security. Security includes safety and comfort as well. Be sure to keep all of these in mind when planning your vacations together.
Plan your trip accordingly
Traveling can be hectic, no matter what your situation or traveling partners but be sure to keep a clear head when planning a trip with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. You will know your aging partner more than anyone else so plan accordingly and gear all outings to their abilities.
For more helpful information on traveling with your loved one who has dementia, contact ElderCare at Home at (888) 285-0093. We can send you information and resources. Reach out today!