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November 3, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

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

Every person with dementia is different. They were different before they developed dementia and continue to be different and unique after. Many locations are possible for someone with dementia if navigated appropriately and thoughtfully. You need to be aware of noise levels and safety for your loved one. Outings should always be catered to the specific needs of the person with dementia, considering their comfort levels and stage of the disease.

Successful outings start with knowing the person, being thoughtful in planning, and always having enough supplies. It is important to give opportunities to the toilet before leaving. Think about your loved one and what makes them anxious, agitated, and happy. Be as proactive as possible by planning the outing for the appropriate time of day, so they have the energy to enjoy as much as possible.

Remember to bring along any toiletry items that might be needed, water for hydration, and snacks for energy. If something unexpected happens, the most important thing to remember is to keep 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 Castlewood Senior Living in Nixa, MO 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 Cox Medical Center South and with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Fremont Hills Country Club, Fountain Plaza, Smallin Civil War Cave, 160 Grand Prix Amusement Center, and the 4 X 4 Brewery-Fremont.

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