You may decide you want to go on holiday with your loved one who has dementia. Whether it’s a trip abroad or in this country, with family and friends or just the two of you; here’s some useful tips for before, during and after your holiday.
What are the benefits for someone with dementia to go on holiday?
Planning a holiday for your loved one with dementia can be a great way to improve their wellbeing. Here are some of the benefits [i]:
- Stimulation through new and exciting experiences.
- Creating shared memories with your loved one.
- Quality time together.
- Organising mindful and engaging activities.
Specialist holidays vs independent travelling
- You get access to specialist equipment or professional carers while on holiday.
- Someone with dementia can go on these holidays alone.
- They can also go with a friend, relative or carer.
- Specialist holidays often offer a mix of day trips and on-site activities, with time to socialise as a larger group if you wish [ii].
- Consider going with an extra person if your loved one needs high levels of support.
- When booking your trip, get in touch with the company and ask what they can offer to meet the needs of someone with dementia.
- If possible, think about booking ‘out of season’, as places are likely to be less busy and staff will be able to give you more time and attention [iii].
Tips to engage your loved one while you’re both settling in
- Give your loved one a simple task to include them, such as hanging clothes in the wardrobe.
- If they seem unsettled or tired, it may help to have a warm drink, relax and leave the unpacking until later.
- Try keep to their usual routine, for example, set meal times and bedtime.
- Bring familiar and personal items to help them to feel settled.
- Ask for extra covers or a mattress protector if your loved one has difficulty with incontinence.
Consider looking into assistive technology to help on your trip. You can find out more about this online and have a look at our Bridgit Shop.
Where can I go for more information?
For more information about going on holiday with your loved one, have a look at the Alzheimer’s Society website.