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November 6, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Brandie Demming LPN CDP, 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? 

Vitalia North Royalton wants to address these concerns by offering valuable insights to transform your outings into enjoyable, stress-free experiences.

Not every location is a good place to take someone living with dementia. Individuals often have unique needs and sensitivities. So it’s essential to consider their specific condition and preferences when planning outings or choosing locations.

Planning for a successful outing for loved ones with dementia requires careful consideration. Understanding of the individual’s needs, abilities, and preferences. This understanding should include their current stage of dementia, interests, any sensitivities or triggers, and their typical daily routines.

Bringing along a range of items and supplies is essential to ensure their comfort, safety, and well-being. Items should include emergency contact information, comfort items, food and drink, depending on the outing duration, and any assistive devices, like their cane or walker.

If something unexpected happens while on an outing. It’s important to stay calm and take appropriate actions to ensure the safety and well-being of your loved one.

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.

VITALIA® North Royalton in North Royalton, OH 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 Parma Hospital and Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Ridgewood Golf Course, Southpark Mall, Sleepy Hallow Golf Course, Cleveland Metro Parks, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Heavily Hills Farm.

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