Making Air Travel Easier When Your Dad Has Dementia

Traveling with a parent who has dementia is tricky. Being fidgety is par for the course with diseases like Alzheimer’s. Some cannot process information quickly, which can raise suspicion with security. The rushed atmosphere may be overwhelming to your dad.

Home Care Henrietta NY - Making Air Travel Easier When Your Dad Has Dementia

Home Care Henrietta NY – Making Air Travel Easier When Your Dad Has Dementia

Here are tips for making air travel easier when you’re taking a flight.

Call the Airline

Let the airline know when you book the flight or soon after that your dad has dementia. Many airlines have special procedures in place that help you check-in and provide special assistance. Agents help people with cognitive impairments get on and off planes safely. They can also offer help getting to a connecting flight. Each airline is different, so call as early as possible to see what they can do to help.

Keep Medications and Emergency Information in Carry-on Baggage or a Purse

If luggage is lost, you don’t want to have important documents and prescription medications also go missing. Keep medications in your carry-on bags or in a purse. Keep any paperwork from the doctor in the same location. If airport security or the airline check-in agent wants to see the paperwork that says your dad is okay to fly, you need to have it readily available.

Avoid Multiple Connections and Carefully Plan Layovers

Try to limit the number of connecting flights. If a flight is in one arrival terminal and the connecting flight is on the opposite side of the airport, the rush to get from one location to the next can overwhelm someone with dementia. Try to make layovers long enough that you do not have to run to catch the next flight. Leave time to allow for delayed flights, too.

Make Sure Dad Wears an ID Bracelet

If something happens to you or your dad does get separated, make sure that he has an ID bracelet on his wrist or a pendant around his neck. Make sure it states that he has dementia, especially the type of dementia, and give contact information for yourself and others who are in the area and can get to the airport quickly.

Limit Travel Time

Try to keep trips to a few hours. If you do have to stop in another city, consider booking a hotel for an overnight before the next leg of the flight. You can also sign up for airline perks that allow you to rest in the airline’s lounge. Your dad may need to take a break, especially if he gets stressed easily.

When you’re not traveling, make sure you’re scheduling time by yourself. Between work, your children, and care for your dad, life gets stressful. Home care professionals can take some of the load off your shoulders. Let the home care aide prepare your dad’s meals and take him shopping. A home care provider can also help with housework, keep him company, and join him on walks. Learn more about dementia care by calling our home care agency today.

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

About 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)