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Traveling With a Person Who Has Alzheimer’s
By Joyce Simard

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Being a caregiver doesn’t mean you have to give up life’s pleasures. You can still enjoy traveling with someone who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease; it simply requires planning well in advance. Safety should be the number one consideration in traveling with a person with Alzheimer’s. Wandering and becoming anxious may be more likely because you’re leaving the familiar routine and environment. 

The first thing to do is call your local Alzheimer’s Association and register with their Safe Return Program or Wanderer’s Program. Both are moderately priced. The entire registration process should be completed before leaving for your vacation. It is also important to remember to never leave your loved-one alone during the trip because they are more likely to wander in an unfamiliar environment. If a situation does present itself, have a crisis plan ready and don’t be hesitant to seek assistance from local authorities or emergency services.

  • When preparing for bedtime during a hotel stay, secure the hotel room door.

  • During your trip, maintain a daily routine as much as possible. This will help lessen confusion.

  • Wake up at the same time each morning and go to bed at the same time each evening.

  • Keep regular meal times.

  • Have comfort items such as pillows, snacks and water readily available when you travel. This includes any kind of transportation including bus, train, car or airplane. 

 

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