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November 3, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Elly Richerson, 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? 

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

When choosing a place or activity for someone with dementia, focusing on familiarity and routine for their comfort is essential. The location should be safe and easy to reach. Please pay attention to sensory factors like noise and lighting matching their sensitivities, finding the right stimulation level, and avoiding overwhelming or dull settings. Select places tied to positive memories and go for calming environments like parks or gardens. Ensure the location can be adapted to their needs and respect your loved one’s preferences. 

To plan a great outing for someone with dementia, it’s all about understanding what they like and need. Pick a place they know and like, considering their abilities and interests. Go when they’re most alert and keep the trip a reasonable length. Make sure the transportation suits their mobility.

For a dementia-friendly outing, pack the essentials for comfort and safety. Don’t forget:

  • Identification with emergency contacts and medical info.
  • Medications with dosages and schedules.
  • Water, snacks, and personal care items.
  • Comfortable clothing, outerwear, and any needed mobility aids.

In an unexpected situation during an outing with someone with dementia, staying composed is crucial. Assess the situation, adapt, and adjust your plans as needed, considering your loved one’s comfort.

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.

The Madison Senior Living in Kansas City, MO 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 St Luke’s South/ Menorah with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Golf, Park Place Shopping Center, Worlds of fun/Oceans of fun, Kansas City Zoo, Union Station/Crown Center, National WWI Museum and Memorial, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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