A change in routine or environment can be upsetting and confusing to an individual with dementia. New and different surroundings can produce anxiety and disorientation.
- Do not "negotiate" an outing. Do not ask, "Are you ready to go out?" Instead, use statements, such as, "Here's your coat" and "We're getting into the car now."
- Reassure the person.
- Plan your route as carefully as possible, with attention to parking, elevators and other details.
- Leave plenty of time so you do not have to rush.
- Consider taking along another adult to assist you.
- Bring items, such as snacks or books, to occupy the person if you must wait somewhere.
Click here to read about causes of behavioral symptoms.
Click here to read about additional strategies to manage behavioral symptoms.
For more information, connect with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s licensed social workers. Click here or call 866.AFA.8484. Real People. Real Care.