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November 3, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Camillia Strickland, 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 Wellington Senior Living wants to address these concerns by offering valuable insights to transform your outings into enjoyable, stress-free experiences.

It’s essential to recognize that taking your loved one with dementia to every location may not always be in their best interest. It would be best to avoid overstimulation with noisy surroundings and too many people. When individuals with dementia become overwhelmed, it leads to increased confusion and agitation.

Thorough preparation is paramount when planning an outing for a loved one with dementia. It can make a significant difference in the overall experience. Some things to consider are the potential obstacles at the location, accessibility, timing of the outing, crowd size, and whether it is a meaningful experience for your loved one. The outing should always cater to their needs and preferences.

Packing a well-prepared bag with essential items is an excellent strategy when planning outings with a loved one with dementia. The bag should include medications, change of clothing and undergarments, wipes and sanitizer, snacks and drinks, comfort items, and identification information.

Approach the outing with a positive attitude and the intention of creating meaningful and joyful experiences for your loved one. Focus on their interests and preferences. Be prepared to adapt your plans as needed. If something unexpected happens, it is important to remain calm.

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 Wellington Senior Living in Liberty, MO offers senior villas, 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 Liberty Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shoal Creek Golf Course, Historic Downtown Liberty, Stocksdale Park, and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

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