Arthur’s Daybook: Going for a Ride.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care – Arthur’s Residential Care
We all enjoy a change of scenery–even a simple thing like going for a ride in a car. It’s a way for everyone to “change the subject” and get out to enjoy the weather and see something new. This is true in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, too. At Arthur’s we often see confusion and anxiety melt away with a ride in the front seat of a car.
The familiar details of driving can bring back a flood of good memories. Conversation often perks up as the driver turns on the blinker and pulls out of the parking spot. The scenery in a certain neighborhood or the view of the skyline or a certain scenic drive can jog memories. All of these things can lead to a welcome change of perspective and a fun get-away experience.
A unique feature of the Alzheimer’s and dementia care at Arthur’s is the ease of getting out and about. Staff are encouraged to use their personal vehicles for outings, whether to go to lunch or to an appointment. Furthermore, they are specifically trained to transport clients in their personal vehicles or in a wheelchair accessible van.
One of our staff took this concept to a new level. One summer afternoon, she invited residents out one-on-one for a spin in her LeBaron convertible! What could be more fun on a sunny day with the top down and a light breeze? Clients were each treated to a scenic cruise around the neighborhood and a local lake. They stopped for ice cream and enjoyed reminiscing one on one about the “good old days.” Your loved one can enjoy this kind of personalized care as a part of everyday life at Arthur’s. Arthur’s is clearly not your typical Alzheimer’s and dementia care facility!