September 24, 2014 by Dean Bellefeuille

Travel preparations can be difficult enough under the best of circumstances, but imagine planning a vacation with an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s. Sound daunting? Before immediately writing off the idea, check out these tips from the Huffington Post.

For those who are unsure if their loved one can handle long travel, taking a “staycation” in a local hotel and eating out may be a good test. If you do plan a longer trip, arrange for special accommodations such as wheelchairs in the airport and early boarding for your flight. And don’t forget to allow time to rest while on your trip. Plan your activities around your loved one’s “best time of day” and allow him or her to rest often, as fatigue can amplify confusion and anxiety.

Following these five steps can help ensure a successful trip for both you and your loved one:

  1. Plan, Plan, Plan: Consider what could possibly go wrong and problem-solve the best ways to address these potential issues.
  2. Arrange for Special Accommodations: Look into what options are available, such as arranging for a wheelchair escort at the airport or seeking out a travel agency that specializes in travel for the disabled.
  3. Prepare for Wandering: Use the same diligence in keeping an eye on your loved one with Alzheimer’s as you would a small child.
  4. Allow Time for Rest: In particular, plan for rest time the night you arrive at your destination.
  5. Manage Increased Anxiety or Confusion: Keep an eye out for anxiety indicators such as increased movement, voiced concerns about crowds, and decreased eye contact, and find a quiet place to regroup if these signs are noticed.

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  • Supervision of daily activities
  • Companionship
  • Encouraging participation in stimulating activities
  • Assistance in managing challenging behaviors

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