Traveling with someone who has dementia gets harder as the disease progresses into the later stages. Yet, you do not have to give up on the opportunity to enjoy some family bonding. With just a little creativity, you can give your loved one a wonderful vacation without having to venture too far from your home.
Tour Your Hometown
Many people never really get a chance to explore all of the amazing things that are offered in their community. Spend a little time exploring the cultural venues that are in your hometown that offer dementia-friendly accommodations, and create an itinerary. Then, book a hotel in the downtown area, and spend a weekend visiting museums, quiet little diners and other attractions that you have always wanted to see. The best part about this destination is that you can quickly change your plans and go home if your loved one struggles in the new surroundings.
Visit a Local Beach
Flying with your loved one may no longer be a desirable option, but you can still enjoy a tropical atmosphere while staying within your time zone. If you live along the coastline, take your loved one to a nearby beach and enjoy listening to the roar of the waves as you walk in the sand. Families who live further in shore can create a similar vacation by visiting a lake or other type of natural water landmark in their area.
Host a Staycation
Never underestimate the beauty of your own home for hosting the vacation of your loved one's dreams. Consider inviting a distant family member to come to you instead of trying to travel with your senior loved one to their home. Then, celebrate the occasion by taking everyone out for a dinner out on the town, or visit a historical landmark together.
Many popular vacation destinations may be off the table once your loved one reaches the later stages of dementia, but you can find ways to recreate that special feeling by sticking closer to home.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!