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November 3, 2023

Tips for a Successful Outing with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Ally Grimes, 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? 

Hudson Grande Senior Living wants to address these concerns by offering valuable insights to transform your outings into enjoyable, stress-free experiences. 

When considering if a location is a good place to take someone living with dementia, it depends on the person. If you know your loved one well enough, you can take them just about anywhere.

To create a successful outing, you must do your planning. Do your research and know your loved one. Knowing their behavior allows you to recognize any signs of distress. When researching the location, keep your loved one’s interests in mind. It is also important to have quiet zones or an area where they can take a break from crowds.

Be sure to bring things appropriate for the outing, like a jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfort items, drinks, and snacks. 

If something unexpected happens, don’t panic; stay calm. If your loved one is safe, take a step back and breathe. Address the situation and move forward.

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.

PrairieStone Senior Living is a comprehensive community soon to be offering independent living plus, assisted living, and memory care, accompanied by an array of services and floor plan options. Our amenities include restaurant dining, outdoor and private dining, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, a salon and barber, transportation services, a patio and firepit, and more. Our community extends beyond our campus, providing residents with the opportunity to explore the local downtown area, featuring charming shops and restaurants. Nature enthusiasts can visit the picturesque George Wyth State Park for nature walks and birdwatching or enjoy the stunning scenery along the Cedar River. Cultural events and festivals, such as the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival and Sturgis Falls Celebration, offer even more opportunities for engagement. PrairieStone residents have convenient access to a wealth of adventures and activities, both within and outside the community.

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