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Tips for Making Outings Easier for Seniors with Dementia

Seniors with dementia can require special care when spending the day outdoors. Those in advanced stages of the disease may need additional supervision to prevent them from wandering or becoming agitated. You and your senior loved one with dementia deserve to have an enjoyable day outside, and the staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Redondo Beach senior care, has a few tips to help accomplish that.

Bring a Bag with Essential Items

Having a bag with things your loved one may need throughout the day, such as incontinence diapers, wipes, water bottles, and small snacks, can ensure he or she has an enjoyable time out. It may be helpful to include a small object like a stress ball, as some seniors with dementia like to keep their hands occupied. Other seniors with dementia enjoy making lists to help stimulate the memory. A notebook and a pencil can help a senior stay engaged while travelling to an outing.

Visit Dementia-Friendly Businesses

With an estimated 3.4 million individuals who have dementia, more businesses are becoming aware of their customers with special needs and are accommodating their spaces for greater accessibility. These businesses have been specially trained to reduce agitation in seniors with dementia, present them with simple choices to help with decision-making, and have learned what to do for those who may become lost.

Give Your Loved One Emergency Contact Information

A senior with dementia can easily wander off or become lost if not properly supervised. Make sure your loved one has emergency contact information with him or her in a pocket, wallet, or on a wristband at all times. This can include his or her name and condition, your name, and how to reach you in case of separation.

Be Aware of the Weather

Seniors with dementia can be particularly sensitive to warm or cold weather. Check the weather before leaving home and, depending on the conditions, bring a hat, sunscreen, sweater, or an umbrella along with you. When your loved one is more comfortable, both of you will enjoy the outing more.

If your loved one has dementia and loves spending time outdoors, but you are not able to fit in time for these outings while caregiving, consider a professional caregiver to be your loved one’s helpful companion when at home. For Redondo Beach dementia careyour loved one can benefit from, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are all trained in the revolutionary Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program that helps build routines and slow cognitive decline. All of our senior care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and there are no hidden fees or long-term contracts. For more information, call an experienced Care Manager today at (310) 504-0506 to schedule a free in-home consultation.