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November 3, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Jamie Paul, 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 doesn’t go as planned?

The Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles wants to address these concerns by offering valuable insights to transform your outings into enjoyable, stress-free experiences.  

Not every location is a good place to take someone living with dementia. You should choose familiar locations to reduce confusion and anxiety and to be mindful of noise levels and sensory overload. The selection of a quieter venue with the necessary accommodations can make a world of difference for your loved one with dementia. 

To create successful outings, you need to plan. Consider the timing of outings and be flexible and adaptable to the unique needs and preferences of your loved one. Tailoring outings by accounting for their specific requirements for a safe and enjoyable experience is essential. 

When preparing for an outing with someone with dementia, it’s essential to pack thoughtfully. Your bag should include a cell phone, snacks and drinks, extra clothes, medications, favorite personal items, personal care items, and emergency contact information. 

If something unexpected happens, it is essential to remain composed and calm. Prioritize safety for both your loved one and yourself. Reassure the individual and follow the best plan for the situation. 

Our aim is 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 Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Charles in St. Charles, 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 SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital St. Charles with convenient access to major shopping centers and clubs, including St. Peters Golf Club, Mid Rivers Mall, Katy Trail, Main Street St. Charles, New Town at St.Charles, and the Streets of St. Charles.

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