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How to Prepare for Activities with Your Senior or Disabled Loved One

10/31/2016

If you a lot of spend time caring for a loved one who is elderly or has a disability, you know how important, but sometimes difficult, getting out of the house can be. However, getting out of the house and experiencing new things is necessary for everyone's physical and mental health, disabled adults and senior citizens alike. It may take more time and preparation for outings with disabled or elderly loved ones, but follow these tips to prepare for it. You’ll likely have a good time together.

Tips to Prepare for Activities for Disabled or Seniors

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The easiest way to start preparing for an outing with your loved one is to think about the location. Will you be visiting a movie theatre? Perhaps you should bring along a sweater. Will you be walking through the park? Packing extra water is a good way to prepare. If your loved one has mobility issues, take into account successful activities you can do with disabled adults and ensure your chosen destination is accessibility friendly.

Think About Emergencies

The best way to deal with a potential emergency is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. You’ll know which items you’ll need for your loved one with disability or dementia, but here’s a list of a few common emergency items to always have packed:

  • Extra medication
  • Water
  • Food
  • Extra batteries
  • Walking cane
  • Hearing aid necessities
  • Baby wipes
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Whether this includes planning for extra travel time or double checking packed items and the destination checklist, the best way to have a successful outing with your loved one with disabilities or dementia is to prepare for it. When planning activities for seniors, prepare for all possible emergencies, and you won’t need to worry about something going wrong during the outing.

At the end of the day, taking your loved one out to an event or activity is important and necessary for their well-being. Transportation and travel may take a little extra time, but all it really comes down to is preparation to go to activities for disabled or seniors.

If you’re unable to take your loved one who is a senior or has disabilities out as often as you would like, consider taking them to an adult day care facility, like Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers, and they’ll participate in regular social and physically stimulating activities. Visit one of our Las Vegas adult care facilities to learn more about our adult day services and activities for disabled and senior citizens.