Will My Incapacitated Loved One Get to Go on Outings?

Contrary to what we might imagine when we think of elderly loved ones in facilities, they aren’t all just sitting around doing nothing all day long. There are a lot of activities that happen within facilities, and lots of things to keep seniors up, moving, and socializing. There may even be opportunities for them to travel to plays, musical, performances, or art museums.

However, it can be worrisome to think that our loved one may be missing out because he or she is incapacitated in some way. Honestly, whether or not they will be able to participate in going on outings may be determined by the level of severity of their incapacitation. Many seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia can still get out and walk around, as many memory facilities have gated courtyards the residents may use to wander or walk around safely.

Many incapacitated individuals can get out and participate in various activities too, such as movies, or any of the other things we mentioned above. In many cases, those who are severely incapacitated may often be accompanied by a caregiver and placed with their group. It is important to remember that even those who are handicapped in that way can (and do) still enjoy being able to participate just like everyone else. Those, who are severely incapacitated however, may not be allowed to participate in the same activities, but ones that are more tailored to their specific needs may be provided for them. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about what your loved one may get to participate in, you should talk to the administration of the facility. They will be able to answer your questions and put any fears you have to rest, and that’s better for everyone.