“Proper Planning Prevents Problems.” This phrase will make all of the difference when preparing for an outing with a loved one who has dementia, says Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City.
In our “Planning an Outing” video, you’ll find helpful tips and ideas for getting your loved one out and about in a safe way.
Why Is It Important to Plan Outings?
People who have dementia can suffer from isolation and depression. Making an effort to keep a loved one engaged and social can keep him or her feeling upbeat and lively.
Also, an outing gives a loved one something to look forward to, and enlivens the day-to-day routine.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do check the details of the venue. What is the parking situation? Are restrooms easily accessible?
- Don’t choose an event that is too loud or too long for a person with dementia.
- Do bring another helping hand in case you need to get food or run to the restroom.
- Don’t have expectations that the outing will be perfect—it will run more smoothly if you plan well.
- Do smile and enjoy the time with your loved one.
Our professional caregivers at Thoughtful Health Care are here to support you, and can help plan and attend outings with your loved one as part of a routine. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Watch the “Planning an Outing” video below.
For more information about Thoughtful Care visit the Thoughtful Care website.