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November 3, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Ally Grimes, 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? 

Hudson Grande Senior Living wants to address these concerns by offering valuable insights to transform your outings into enjoyable, stress-free experiences. 

When considering if a location is a good place to take someone living with dementia, it depends on the person. If you know your loved one well enough, you can take them just about anywhere.

To create a successful outing, you must do your planning. Do your research and know your loved one. Knowing their behavior allows you to recognize any signs of distress. When researching the location, keep your loved one’s interests in mind. It is also important to have quiet zones or an area where they can take a break from crowds.

Be sure to bring things appropriate for the outing, like a jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfort items, drinks, and snacks. 

If something unexpected happens, don’t panic; stay calm. If your loved one is safe, take a step back and breathe. Address the situation and move forward.

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.

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