Travelling with a person who has Alzheimer’s or dementia? Check out these 5 tips
Alzheimer’s is a condition where an elderly person loses their memory and cannot carry on with other cognitive activities. But that does not mean it is the end of their journey to see and experience new things. All that your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s needs is love, care and lots of attention! Planning for a family trip?
Here are 5 simple tips that you can use when travelling with someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Make the trip a simple one
Undoubtedly, air travel is the best mode of transport if you are travelling with someone who has Alzheimer’s. It is faster and more convenient. But make sure that you do not have to take multiple flights which is going to be a hassle for your loved one. The ideal time period to travel with an Alzheimer’s patient will be not more than four hours!
Travel during daytime
Daylight is always in favour of people with Alzheimer’s. Many elderly people have problems with reading and have low vision. Hence, travelling during daytime is ideal.
Place an information card
People with Alzheimer’s or dementia can easily get lost, especially while travelling to new places. Always write a note with the person’s name, address, hotel details and whom to contact if lost and found. Keep this safely in their purse or pocket.
Keep necessary items always close by
Items like clothes, passports, identity cards and medical information will always come handy when travelling with an elderly person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Make sure that everything is with you in a bag, whether you are in a flight or car.
Make sure if you need this travel
Travel is almost impossible for people with stage 7 of Alzheimer’s. They are easily prone to falls, unstable medical conditions, severe mood swings or agitation and aggression. Make sure that this travel is right for your loved one and they do not have to undergo further difficulties.