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Alzheimers Care Travel Tips in Highland Lakes

Planning a family vacation? Whether it’s a short trip in the car or an eight hour flight, it’s important to consider the challenges of traveling with a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Visiting Angels® Highland Lakes provides Alzheimer’s care services to seniors and their families in Marble Falls, Burnet, Lakeway, Lampasas, Kingsland, Johnson City, and the surrounding communities. With our services, seniors with Alzheimer's receive the support and care they need to age in place in their own homes. And while traveling with a loved one with Alzheimer’s may involve more preparation and planning, it is possible.

provider of Alzheimer's care in Highland Lakes sitting with elderly man

Alzheimer's Care: 10 Travel Tips from Visiting Angels Highland Lakes

Whether you are taking an international flight or staying close to home in the Highland Lakes area, these Alzheimer’s care tips will lessen the stress of travel:

  1. Make travel plans based on the time of day that is best for your loved one

  2. Be sure they are wearing identification, such as an ID bracelet or their name and contact info attached to their clothing

  3. Take direct flights when possible to avoid stressful connections

  4. Keep travel time to under four hours at a time to avoid fatigue

  5. Bring your loved one’s favorite comfort items, such as a blanket, pillow, or photo book

  6. Allow extra time during your travels for your loved one to adjust to new surroundings

  7. Create an itinerary with flight and hotel information, travel dates, and emergency numbers, and share it with family members

  8. Call ahead to restaurants and hotels with any special accommodations you may need so they can be prepared to assist when you arrive

  9. If your loved one is prone to disruptive outbursts, have small printed cards to hand out that explain that your loved one has Alzheimer’s, and to please forgive the outburst, making these situations more bearable for you, and help preserve your loved one’s dignity.

  10. Pack a “go bag” filled with bottled water, healthy snacks, and items that are useful during travel, including hand sanitizer, moisturizer, and magazines.

Alzheimer’s Care for Seniors and Their Families in Highland Lakes

When a senior parent receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, it can be a big adjustment for the whole family. Many adult children gladly take on the role of caretaker, but due to work commitments and family obligations of their own, it can be difficult to always be there when needed. That’s where Visiting Angels Highland Lakes can help. We provide a wide range of Alzheimer’s care services, including:

  • At-home Alzheimer's care for seniors in their own homes in Highland Lakes, including housekeeping, personal care, and transportation

  • Companionship for seniors with Alzheimer’s when you are at work or have other commitments

  • Much needed respite for family caretakers

  • 24 hour and full-time care for your loved one while you travel

At Visiting Angels Highland Lakes, our Alzheimer's care providers are dedicated to seniors and their families, and are available on your schedule. Whether it’s full-time care while your family is traveling, hourly drop-ins during the week for companionship, or part-time home care to assist with bathing and housekeeping, we are here to provide the assistance you need for your loved one’s comfort and happiness. 

Call Visiting Angels Highland Lakes today at (830)637-7118 to find out more about our Alzheimer’s care services and schedule a no obligation consultation. We are proud to support seniors and their families in Marble Falls, Burnet, Lakeway, Lampasas, Kingsland, Johnson City, and the surrounding communities.

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