Traveling tips for people with Alzheimer‘s and Dementia

12/18/2015

Just because you or someone you know has Alzheimer’s or Dementia, doesn’t mean traveling is a “no-go”. Visiting family, friends, going on vacation or traveling for the holidays can still be enjoyable! If you are still on the fence about it, I would suggest going on a ‘trial run’ using the same type of transport to see how the person reacts. If he/she does not tolerate the trip, it is best not to move forward.Blog pic - Travel

A few signs that indicate traveling are not a good idea:

  • Wanting to go home
  • Agitated
  • A change in behavior that is spontaneous, like yelling, crying, screaming, etc.
  • Consistent disorientation or confusion when in a familiar setting
  • Physical or verbal aggression that out of character

 

If your destination is new, such as a hotel, please make sure to inform the staff of your specific needs so they can properly plan and prepare to assist you. Even if your friend/family member does not use a wheelchair, sometimes requesting one to have on hand can be helpful. You should use services that are designated for people with disabilities, too. People with Alzheimer’s and Dementia often wander, especially in an unfamiliar area. So again, make sure staff or the appropriate people know which can then help eliminate this problem.

Make sure your loved one with Alzheimer’s and Dementia wear and/or have identification on them which includes their medical information. Speaking of medical information, you should also make copies of all important documents to take with you. When packing their prescriptions/medicine, be sure you have everything and plenty of it. The last thing you want to do while traveling or especially on vacation is to be stuck at a pharmacy pacing back and forth waiting to see if they have what you need!

Along with identification, make sure to include the following:

  • Emergency contact information
  • Doctor’s names and all contact information
  • List of drug and food allergies
  • Insurance information
  • List of all prescriptions, dosage amount and how often they take it

You should always pack plenty of snacks, drinks, fun activities to do while traveling, and even an extra comfortable outfit that can easily be located in case of an accident or emergency.

Lastly, try your best to stay calm, positive and patient. Remember, your loved one has a disease that they cannot control. And of course…HAVE FUN and ENJOY your time with the people you care about and love.

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