Planning getaways can be stressful for caregivers traveling with a loved one suffering from dementia. Dementia patients thrive in familiar surroundings and routines.
Therefore, new environments may overwhelm them regardless of their stage. Nevertheless, enjoying little getaways with proper safe preparations is much possible. These tips will help you to embark on a successful, stress-free journey.
Keep Surroundings Familiar
Traveling to a brand new location can be stressful for loved ones suffering from this condition. Therefore, keeping them as calm as possible while reassuring them everything is okay is essential. You can achieve this by probably bringing familiar items from home, such as a favorite blanket or pillow, which makes them comfortable during the journey.
Limit Travel Hours to 4 Hours or Less
It is pretty stressful to travel with someone with this condition; therefore, a good amount of patience is necessary. While experts recommend keeping your travel time minimum, if you are traveling for more than four hours, it is sometimes required to take a faster means of transport. On the other hand, you can consider having at least two caregivers.
Have an Emergency Bag Readily Available
Even if you have to check in your baggage, it is essential to have a separate bag containing all your important documents, medications, legal papers, extra clothing, doctors’ names, and contact information. Having all your necessary documentation in one place can save you time in an emergency.
It can be stressful to travel with a person suffering from dementia, but keeping things simple can help. For instance, try not to be overscheduled and fit in too many activities during the trip. And this can enable you to have a successful and fruitful vacation. Also, ensure plenty of resting time throughout the day and avoid elaborate tours and sightseeing that may cause confusion and anxiety.