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November 6, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Jasmin Blue, 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? 

Vitalia Stow wants to address these concerns by offering valuable insights to transform your outings into enjoyable, stress-free experiences.

If you plan, almost every location can be an excellent place to take someone living with dementia. People with dementia still want to go out and have fun experiences at diverse types of locales. It’s vital to know your loved one, as every person with dementia is not the same. Some individuals may be very sociable and prefer larger settings with many people, while others may become overstimulated in this environment.

I recommend researching the location ahead of time and planning to call in advance. It is good to know if they take reservations and are easily accessible. Inquire about the environment, including parking, steps, and least crowded times. Once all the information is gathered, you can determine the best time to enjoy the outing with your loved one.

For the outing, always bring extra supplies. These should include snacks, water, tissues, personal products, and cell phones. Appropriate outerwear is always required, as is emergency contact information.

No matter how well you plan, sometimes the unexpected can happen. It is important to remain calm, handle the situation, and continue to move forward with your outing if possible.

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.

VITALIA® Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road near Akron General Health & Wellness Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Fox Den Golf Course, Summit Mall, Bike & Hike – Summit Metro Parks, Stan Hywet, Hale Farm, and Blossom Music Center.

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