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Travel Tips for a Senior with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Rochester NY

Traveling with an older individual can certainly pose a number of unique challenges. When planning to travel with someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, those challenges can be exponential.

Alzheimer's Care in Rochester NY

Alzheimer’s Care in Rochester NY

Not only is proper care essential for somebody with Alzheimer’s, it can make traveling a bit easier. Now that we are fast approaching the holiday season, with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and so many others in the next couple of months, travel may very well be something to consider.

Here are five travel tips that may be instrumental in providing a safe and comfortable journey for everyone, from you to other family members to the senior who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Holiday Travel Tip #1: Plan ahead. 

This may sound like common sense, but if you usually go to visit your brother, sister, or some other family member during the holiday season, you may take a lot of things for granted. You know how to get there, you may take the same airline, and basically have developed a routine over the years.

However, Alzheimer’s disease can impact those plans. So step back and go over those plans once again. Make sure you have extra stops along the way for stretches, restroom breaks, and more.

Holiday Travel Tip #2: Be aware of anxiety. 

A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may struggle with his or her memory. A loss of memory, no matter how temporary it may be, can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety.

Be aware that anxiety could be a serious consideration and can lead to verbal or physical aggression. In the car or on a plane, that can be extremely dangerous.

Holiday Travel Tip #3: Be responsive. 

If you notice tension, confusion, or anxiety developing, don’t be dismissive. Instead, be responsive to it.

If the senior is asking questions, showing concern about his or her safety, talk to him or her about it. If they ask questions, be as honest as you can. It may be easy to assume a small white lie is better at the moment, but if the senior is in the earlier or early middle stages of the disease, and if he is asking about his wife who has been gone for several years, don’t lie and say he’s going to see her soon; tell the truth. He will probably remember quickly after that.

Holiday Travel Tip #4: Don’t be dismissive. 

As just mentioned, don’t dismiss concerns the senior has. They may seem ridiculous at the moment, but to that person they are very real. If you dismiss their concerns or questions, it can lead to increased anxiety and attention, and confusion.

Holiday Travel Tip #5: Hire extra care. 

If a senior with Alzheimer’s will be traveling with you, you can hire a home care aide from an agency to travel with you or at your destination. If the senior is going to stay home, a home care aide can help ensure safety and comfort that individual while you are visiting with family or friends.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Rochester, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

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Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.
Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)

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