The holidays are meant to be a time of celebration with loved ones, but if you suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, traveling can pose some challenges. New environments with unfamiliar sounds and routines can lead to feelings of stress and confusion. When traveling with someone who has dementia, it is important to be patient to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves.

While Alzheimer’s disease affects people to varying degrees, the earlier you identify it and get a diagnosis, the better. There are three stages of Alzheimer’s: early, middle, and late. Your loved one in the early stage might experience some mild changes in memory recall or have more trouble than usual with words – this can make travel rather daunting but luckily help is at hand.

If you’re wavering on whether traveling is a good idea for your loved one with dementia, take a trial run first. Pay attention to signs of trouble, such as anxiety or confusion. Also, try to keep your loved one’s routine as consistent as possible while away. And finally, before leaving for your trip, be sure to review some tips specifically designed for traveling with someone who has dementia.

When traveling with someone who has dementia, it is important to be patient to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves.

Here are the top 5 tips to consider:

  1. Be responsible for your loved one’s medication dosage and frequency by keeping track of their medications.
  2. It is critical to have copies of essential documents, such as ID cards and medical contacts. Your loved one with dementia should also carry an ID card that identifies their condition.
  3. Never abandon your loved one in an unfamiliar or strange place; they could become scared and disoriented. Reassure them that you will remain with them to protect them.
  4. If you have any special needs, be sure to inform the airline, hotel, and other necessary organizations in advance of your flight. This way they can take proper precautions, such as ensuring there is a non-slip bath surface at the hotel. If your loved one tends to wander off make sure car keys are hidden or doors double locked.
  5. By leaving some flexibility in your schedule, you won’t feel rushed and things will be overall less difficult. Make sure to give yourself time to travel and take plenty of breaks so that you can enjoy the experience.

How Avanti Senior Living at Lafayette Keeps Residents Engaged During the Holidays

Holidays are an important time for residents of Avanti Senior Living at Lafayette. The physical and mental health benefits from social activities, events, and celebrations are especially beneficial for those living with dementia. At Avanti, we understand that the holidays can be a stressful time for those with dementia and their families. We work hard to create a positive and engaging environment for our residents during the holidays. Our dedicated staff is trained in dementia care and understands the importance of providing compassionate, thoughtful support to those living with dementia. We also strive to provide stimulating activities throughout the year that keep our residents engaged in their community.