f you're going on a trip with a loved one as a caregiver, you're probably feeling excited, but also nervous. The good news is that there are some things you can do before and during your trip that will make it more manageable for everyone involved!

Plan ahead.

Planning ahead is the key to a successful trip as a caregiver. If you plan your trip well, you can save money and ensure that your loved one has all the resources they need while they're away from home. Here are some tips for planning ahead:

  • Make sure you have the right paperwork. You might need a doctor's note, or a letter from your loved one's care facility. These may be necessary for airline personnel, hotels and car rental agencies.
  • Check with the doctor or care provider to make sure that any necessary medications are available at all times.
  • Plan ahead by packing light and making sure you take only what you will absolutely need in your bags. That way, you can make room for souvenirs that will mean something special to both of you!

Make the destination simple.

The last thing you want to do when traveling with your loved one is try to navigate a new location. The more familiar the surroundings, the better. If you can find a place that has a familiar routine and some things they enjoy doing, it will make them feel more secure and at home.

Travel during the day when the person is most alert.

ItÔÇÖs important to travel during the day, when the person is most alert. This way, they wonÔÇÖt be exhausted or irritable at the end of their trip. If you canÔÇÖt travel during the day and want to prevent this from happening, be sure to bring along plenty of activities for each passenger so that there are no lulls in conversation as you drive.

The most important thing is to remember that even if things don't go perfectly, there's always something new to see or do next time!

And don't forget: the best part of traveling together is the memories we make while doing it.

If you have a loved one with Dementia and would like some 1:1 support as a caregiver, check out our consultation services: Care Partner Solutions For Dementia or watch our class: Dementia: Conquering the Challenges of Caregiving.

Jul 31, 2022

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