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November 6, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Maria Sady, Memory Care Director

Engaging in outings can evoke both excitement and trepidation for individuals living with dementia. 

It’s natural for caregivers to wonder:

  • Where should I take them? 
  • What preparations are necessary? 
  • What items should I bring? 
  • What if something goes differently than planned? 

Vitalia Strongsville wants to address these concerns by offering valuable insights to transform your outings into enjoyable, stress-free experiences.

Outings are important activities for individuals with dementia but can sometimes cause agitation or increased confusion. If the outing is in a crowded place, it can quickly become overwhelming for someone suffering from the disease. One factor to consider is what stage the person with dementia is at. It comes down to knowing the person. Consider places they have enjoyed in the past, and be mindful of the length of time your loved one will be spending out. A few hours may be all they can tolerate.

Always plan to create successful outings. Ensure you know where you are going, the duration, and the timing. People with dementia can only be out of their “safe, familiar” environment for short periods. Dress your loved one suitably for the outing with comfortable clothes and shoes, and take a sweater or coat. Always make sure the location is accessible to those with physical restrictions.

Be prepared by packing the essentials, including water, snacks, extra clothing, gloves, wipes, and items to keep them occupied while traveling. Bring along emergency contact information just in case it is needed.

Some things may happen unexpectedly during an outing. It is essential to stay calm and handle the situation. Call 911 in an emergency, and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.

We aim to provide you with valuable, practical information to support your journey in caring for someone with dementia through love and understanding. It’s crucial to acknowledge outings may only be suitable for some. Each person living with dementia is unique, emphasizing the importance of tailoring the experience to their individual needs and preferences. The goal should always prioritize the well-being and comfort of the individual. By practicing patience, understanding, and compassion, you can ensure a successful and enjoyable experience for them while also reducing stress for yourself.

VITALIA® Strongsville in Strongsville, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mallard Creek, Southpark Mall, Strongsville Historical Society, The Greens of Strongsville Shopping , and Don’s Pomeroy House.

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