Tips for Traveling with Dementia

traveling with dementia

Traveling, like other changes in routine, can be highly stressful for a senior with dementia. However, if your parent is in the early stages of dementia, an enjoyable getaway might still be possible. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with dementia.

 

Planning for Your Trip

  • Be sure to bring copies of important documents with you. Both you and your elderly loved one should have a copy of their identification. Similarly, you both should carry copies of doctor’s contact information, medication list, insurance information, and food and drug allergies.

 

  • Prepare your hosts. If you’ll be staying with family or friends, let them know of any changes that have occurred since the last time they saw your senior. Tell them how they can help you during your stay and how they can put their guest at ease. If you’ll be staying at a hotel, speak to the staff about any needs you might have. Inform them privately about your senior’s condition and ask them to let you know if they see him or her walking around without you.

 

  • Consider bringing someone else with you. Your elderly loved one will likely require a fair amount of attention and care. Bringing another person can help ease the stress and let you concentrate on other details of the trip.

 

  • Be patient, adaptable, and realistic. Things won’t go perfectly. Remembering that will help you to be less frustrated when problems do arise.

 

  • Have fun! While traveling with dementia comes with its complications, it doesn’t mean you and your family can’t enjoy the trip and relish the quality time together.

 

If you come to the conclusion that your loved one is simply unable to travel, have you thought about getting a healthcare professional to care for them while you’re away? Please contact us today for information about our home healthcare services.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder Abuse Shockers

We were all shocked by the latest images of Peter Mazza, a 99-year-old Staten Island man who was fatally abused and neglected by his caregivers. Even Mickey Rooney testified before Congress about being a victim of elder abuse and mistreatment in the form of financial abuse. Unfortunately, elder abuse is a growing problem that we all must be vigilant for.

elder abuse

As we become senior citizens, we have to contend with becoming more and more dependent on those around us. As such, it is even more important to make sure that these people are worthy of our trust.

According to the NYS Elder Abuse Prevalence Study of May 2011, Elder Abuse can take the form of: (1) Neglect by a responsible caregiver (2) Financial exploitation (3) Emotional abuse (4) Physical abuse (including sexual).

Fighting Elder Abuse

Tracking and combating elder abuse is difficult due to a lack of centralized ownership of these cases. Unfortunately, they are referred out to disparate departments such as housing, law enforcement or fraud. There has been a call to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a resource center for elder abuse information. As a result, Elder Abuse Victims Acts have been introduced in Congress to dedicate more resources and improve response to these unfortunate events.

At David York Home Healthcare Agency, we are always on the lookout for our clients. Our home health aides are thoroughly interviewed and rigorously screened including a criminal background check. Moreover, our aides participate in ongoing in-service classes to keep them abreast of the latest trends and things to watch for. We are in constant contact with them. Furthermore, we stress that they must report any concerns they have about their clients to us. Additionally, we are available 24 hours a day to the client, their family and the aides for emergencies and any problem that arises.

David York Agency provides skilled home health aide services for home healthcare. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 and we would be happy to discuss your case with you. Visit our website at www.davidyorkagency.com or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.