Have any of you tried to travel with the patient who has dementia or vascular dementia? I have thought about taking my husband who is in assisted living, for an overnight trip. I know I would have to pack bed liners and extra depend type garments.
We have taken several trips and have had fairly good time. Preparing ahead was similar to planning for a preschooler😄. Packing little things to keep him busy, saying over and over what we were doing, where we were going etc. I had to stay really focused on him and his needs. Had a few meltdowns where we needed to find a place to be just the two of us and take a break from family or busyness. I am so glad we took the trips, the day will come when he physically cannot. The memories made are priceless!
We took my husband on a mini family vacation. He became so disoriented that it was so sad for everyone. It was the first time since we found out he had it. So we now know we can’t go away from home. I hope all work out for you.
Just make sure door is locked. My husband walked out of our room about 3 am and was found roaming around the parking lot. I never heard him get up or walk out the door. Now we travel with an alarm on exit door. Scared me to death.
No, but I would think the decision would be dependent on how much confusion you think it might cause. Changes in daily routines can be stressful. If you think he can handle the temporary change I'd say go for it! You need the change and any time you can create some nice memories is something I think you should take advantage of.
I just interviewed a gal for my podcast (Fading Memories) who wrote 2 books you might find inspirational. They're called Alzheimer's Trippin' with George and Alzheimer's Trippin' the Journey Continues. Her name is Susan Straley.
She and her husband traveled 10,000 miles over 100 days when he was in the early stage of his disease. Definitely check out her books. I hope they're inspirational and I hope that you can make an overnight trip happen in an enjoyable way.