VISITING ANGELS MCKINNEY, TEXAS 214-491-1999

Traveling with Alzheimer's or Dementia

Traveling can be difficult, especially if your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia. Visiting Angels Home Care experts remind us that traveling can cause a lot of stress, especially to seniors. Give yourself adequate time to prepare and make sure to ask for help when it's needed. 

Visiting Angels Home Care in McKinney, TX has helped many families who experience dementia or Alzheimer’s prepare, plan, and pack for their travels. Below, we outline some tips to help ensure that your travel plans are not ruined and that you are not left pulling your hair out wondering what you could have done differently.

Packing

  • Make sure you pack comfortable clothes and a lot of water
  • Bring all food and medications with you
  • Bring a list of all contacts including doctor’s names, pharmacy information, and contact numbers for all hotels
  • Attach your loved one’s ID to them, just in case

Planning

  • Plan out the trip and create an itinerary
  • Plan for all delays that may come up and give yourself time in case. Call ahead to your destinations to ensure that they will accept early arrivals
  • Plan routes that are familiar to your loved one. If you are in a new area, map out a route and make sure they keep the map on them
  • Avoid stressful situations as much as possible

Traveling

  • Try not to become frustrated or angry even in the most trying times. Stress can be contagious and may affect your loved one
  • Try to travel with a caregiver if possible, as this will make it easier on you and your loved one
  • If you find that your loved one becomes agitated, especially while in the car, pull over and allow them to cool off before you begin to drive again
  • Do not travel with individuals who will cause stress or provoke your loved one

Overnight Stays

  • Visiting Angels Home Care experts recommend that if you plan to stay in a hotel or motel that you inform the front staff of your loved one’s condition
  • If you stay with family or friends, alert them to your loved one’s needs and condition prior to arrival

It is important to be prepared when you travel with an individual who has Alzheimer’s or dementia. Being under prepared can lead to anxiety, confusion, and anger. Plan your vacation thoroughly and never hesitate to call Visiting Angels Home Care when you need help. We are always here for you. 

Serving McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Plano and Communities in Collin County, Texas

Visiting Angels in McKinney, TX
4500 Eldorado Pkwy #1500
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 214-491-1999

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Serving McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Plano and Communities in Collin County, Texas

Visiting Angels in McKinney, TX
4500 Eldorado Pkwy #1500
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 214-491-1999