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Navigating Dementia Travel: Travel Strategies for Dementia Caregivers

Embark on a journey of compassion and adventure with your loved one who has dementia. Drawing from my personal experiences, let's explore invaluable insights to ensure a smooth and memorable trip:


My late husband, Joe, was no stranger to travel, having spent much of his life working abroad. A trip to Porta Vallarta felt like second nature to us. We kept our itinerary simple—beach time and dining out. These memories still bring a smile to my face.


Similarly, traveling with my mom meant choosing destinations closer to home, often with our large family. But even amidst loved ones, Mom could easily become disoriented. We learned to keep things calm, engaging in family conversations, old movies, and her favorite foods. These shared moments were a source of joy for us all.


Now, let's dive into practical travel strategies for dementia caregivers for making your own journey with a loved one with dementia a memorable and enriching experience:


  1. Choose Suitable Destinations: Select destinations and activities that bring joy to both of you.

  2. Preplan with Care: Extra planning is crucial when traveling with a loved one with dementia.

  3. Be Emergency Ready: Pack essential medications, favorite snacks, and emergency contacts.

  4. Simplify the Itinerary: Less is more! Focus on one activity a day and allow ample time for transitions and rest.

  5. Stay Flexible: Be open to changing plans on the fly and never force activities.

  6. Agreeable Attitude: Embrace their stories and beliefs, creating pleasant experiences together.

  7. Prioritize Safety: Keep a watchful eye on wandering tendencies and ensure they're dressed appropriately for the weather.

  8. Stick to Routine: Maintain familiar routines, especially with meals and sleep.

  9. Embrace the Adventure: Dive into the journey and indulge in self-care when needed.

  10. Consider Alternatives: If traveling feels overwhelming, opt for virtual trips with VR destinations and travel films.


Every trip is a unique adventure. Remember to cherish the moments and embrace the journey, no matter where it takes you.


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Join me, Barbara Huelat, caregiver, healthcare design expert, and author, on a journey to tame the chaos of dementia. Explore my latest publication Taming the Chaos of Dementia: A Caregiver's Guide to Interventions That Make A Difference at https://barbarahuelat.com and unlock a wealth of practical wisdom and empowerment.

 

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