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
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
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.