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Tips for Traveling with an Alzheimer’s Patient

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

Traveling with an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. However, there are a few things you can do in preparation of your trip to make it much easier. Following are several, simple strategies from a leading provider of Alzheimer’s home care in Warren you can employ to ensure that things go smoothly.

Have Your Loved One Wear an Identification Tag or Bracelet

If possible, register your family member in a “Safe Return” program in your area of departure and your destination. You should also make sure to have him or her wear an ID bracelet or tag at all times while keeping a list of medications and medical conditions in a pocket or wallet.

Keep Your Same Routine

As much as possible, try not to veer too far away from your normal routine before departing. If your family member is accustomed to traveling by plane, this method of travel should be fine. If this is his or her first time flying, however, you might want to consider going by car or by train when feasible.

Avoid Rushing

If you start to feel frantic, your loved one might pick up on your emotions and will likely follow suit. Make sure you have plenty of time to get everyone bathed and dressed and everything packed without rushing and without losing your patience.

Spring for a Hotel

While staying with family members can be an easy way to save cash on during your trip, booking a room at a local hotel can save you endless frustration. This will give you the ability to control the indoor environment by eliminating distractions and noises when agitation rears its head. Make sure to ask for a large, spacious room and bring your own childproof doorknob cover to prevent wandering.

Keep Your Itinerary Flexible

Focus on keeping things stress-free and easy for everyone involved. Don’t feel bad about having to back out of activities in order to accommodate your family member if he or she becomes tired or upset, and make sure everyone has ample opportunity to rest and regroup throughout the day.

For extra help with your loved one during trips, you might consider an hourly or live-in caregiver in Warren who can assist your family before, during, and after the trip. A highly trained caregiver can offer you respite when needed, help you loved one with a variety of tasks, and provide a calming sense of stability and security. Give Home Care Assistance a call at 908.450.9400 to schedule your free in-home consultation.