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November 3, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Shemika Morris, 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?

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

Environmental change can cause a person with dementia distress. Removing an individual from their day-to-day routine can lead to distress, such as increased confusion and anxiousness, and promote wandering. I feel it’s best practice to go on outings to places familiar to the person. Not all places are a good idea for someone living with dementia.  

To plan for a successful outing, here are a few tips. Routine is essential, as is knowing the best time of day for the individual. During outings, keep in mind their meal and rest times. Brief outings are usually best to help decrease any discomfort for your loved one. Check the environment beforehand to ensure noise level, size of the crowd, and lighting will be sustainable. Make sure you have a helping hand to assist you and your loved one along the way. 

Always have an essentials bag on hand. Having water, snacks, and items of interest, such as books and lap fidgets, will help give comfort during the outing. Personal care essentials (adult briefs, etc.) and medical history is always best practice to have along in case of emergency.

If something unexpected happens, stay calm, no matter the situation. Have important contacts readily available during the unforeseen and ask for help if needed.

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 reducing stress for yourself. 

Carriage Court Senior Living in Hilliard, 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 Dublin Methodist Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Heritage Golf Club, The Market at Hilliard, Ten Pin Bowling, Crooked Can Brewery & Center Street Market , and the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center.

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