The holidays are here, which makes it the perfect time to make travel plans. Taking the time to make arrangements is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic that has had families separated, cautious, and isolated for months. If you’re planning to be with family and friends, take precautionary steps. Keep in mind that traveling can be fun and adventurous, but it can also be stressful if you’re traveling with someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
For those living with dementia, noise, crowds, new surroundings, and changes in routine can cause stress, confusion, and anger. It’s important that those traveling with them are patient and understanding of their needs.
There are various stages of Alzheimer’s disease, ranging from mild to severe. In the early stages, there is mild memory loss and confusion. However, as the disease progresses, the symptoms become more severe and often unmanageable. Therefore, the best time for travel is during the early stages of the disease. This is when your loved one is less likely to become anxious and distressed.
Depending on the length of your trip, you should consider a trial run to gauge how your loved one manages traveling with you. During the excursion, pay attention to any signs of distress, such as anxiety or disorientation. Try to keep his/her routine as stable as possible to minimize any issues. Before your trip, there are certain tips to consider when traveling with someone with dementia.
Here are the top 5 tips to consider:
- Make sure you know your loved one’s medication schedule and that you safeguard their medications. It will be up to you for medication management.
- Ensure you have copies of important documents, such as identification information, medical contacts. Not only should you have his/her ID information, but your loved one should also carry ID that indicates they have dementia.
- Do not leave your loved one unsupervised, especially if you are in new surroundings. They can become scared and confused. Provide reassurance that you’ll be there to keep them safe and secure.
- If you’ll be traveling by air, inform the airlines, hotel, and any other agency of any special needs you may have, including non-slip bath surfaces at the hotel. If your loved one is known to wander off, be sure to take precautions by hiding car keys or double-locking the doors.
- Be flexible with your time. Don’t rush and allow plenty of time for traveling and regular rest breaks.
Traveling with someone who has dementia doesn’t have to be stressful. Make sure that everyone stays safe, following CDC precautions. This includes wearing a mask, social distancing when possible and washing your hands often. Remember, if you’re having fun, your loved one will have fun. So, go ahead and plan your trip. Be safe, have fun, and plan accordingly.
About Avanti Senior Living
Avanti Senior Living is a women-led company that is geared towards assisted living and memory care programs. Their innovative holistic approach to senior care is unprecedented and provides state-of-the-art technology and programming for its residents.
Its COO, Lori Alford, has been in the assisted living industry for over 25 years. Her expertise and experience have helped design a unique senior living community that provides the best in total care to seniors.
Their elegantly designed communities are carefully designed by industry experts, including builders, architects, and interior designers, who know the assisted living industry. The exterior and interior of each community is crafted specifically with seniors in mind to help them thrive in a welcoming environment. With a 24/7 monitoring system to safeguard the residents, you can be sure that the safety of your loved ones is our top priority.
About Salize by Avanti
Avanti Senior Living’s Memory Care Program, known as Salize, is designed to fit the unique needs of each resident. Through the Salize program, residents live as independently as possible while thriving in an environment designed specifically for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Based on more than 25 years of dementia research, the program is clinically proven to reduce the common symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, anxiety, and aggression without the need for strong mood-stabilizing drugs.
About Avanti Senior Living at Augusta Pines
Avanti Senior Living at Augusta Pines is conveniently located off of Community Center Drive in Spring, TX, just minutes from the Grand Parkway, FM 2920, and FM 2978. In Spring, you’ll find Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, antique malls, the Grand Parkway Marketplace with over 50 stores and restaurants to fulfill your shopping and eating needs. The nearby Burroughs Park provides over 300 acres of scenic background that’s ideal for walking your dogs, taking long strolls, or even taking your family fishing.