Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Travel Safety for People with Dementia
Living with Alzheimer’s does not mean that it’s necessary to stop traveling; it just requires careful planning to ensure safety, comfort and enjoyment for everyone involved.
To make sure you have a safe, enjoyable trip, remember to do the following:
- Stick with the familiar. Travel to known destinations that involve as few changes in daily routine as possible.
- If you will be staying in a hotel, inform the staff ahead of time of your specific needs so they can be prepared to assist you.
- Traveling during the time of day that is best for the person with Alzheimer’s.
- Contact ElderCare at Home to find out the services we provide that can assist you with traveling.
- Pack copies of important documents, medications, travel itinerary, comfortable change of clothes, water, snacks and activities.
Important documents include:
- Doctor’s names and contact information
- A list of current medications and dosages
- Phone numbers and addresses of the local police and fire departments, hospitals, and poison control
- A list of food or drug allergies
- Copies of legal papers (living will, advance directives, power of attorney, etc.)
- Names and contact information of friends and family members to call in case of an emergency
- Insurance information (policy number, member name)
Traveling in airports requires plenty of focus and attention. At times, the level of activity can be distracting, overwhelming, or difficult to understand. If you are traveling by plane, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Inform the airline and airport medical service department ahead of time of your needs to make sure they can help you.
- Remind airport employees and in-flight crew members of your needs.
- Even if walking is not difficult, consider requesting a wheelchair so that an airport employee is assigned to help you get from place to place.
To contact ElderCare at Home
If you or someone else you know would like more information, you can call us at (888) 285-0093 or email us below. Thanks for joining us today and we’ll see you again next week!