Getting out and about

How can I make going out to the shops with my husband easier?

The home is our place of safety, quiet, calm and familiarity. Going out can present many challenges.

Noise, especially in busy areas, can be difficult to focus on and process, so, when going out choose a quieter time, avoid peak times and areas with loud music where possible.

Go to shops that are dementia friendly as they will have an awareness and understanding of how to make the shopping experience more pleasurable for people living with dementia. Have regular stops to avoid fatigue, going to coffee shops can make it feel like a more social activity as well as keeping hydration levels topped up. If your husband is agreeable, link arms to help offer safety and support, keep smiling as a happy face can make someone feel safer and more relaxed.