Consider also making an emergency plan with your support system. Arrange to have a reliable friend or family member meet you at the hospital in an emergency situation. He or she can comfort the patient while you speak with the doctor and manage the paperwork.
Day of the Trip
If you need to take your loved one to the ER, try to stay calm, patient, and positive. The most important part of the trip is keeping the Alzheimer’s patient calm. Here are a few things you can do to help the trip run smoothly:
- Notify the staff of the patient’s normal behavior and level of functioning.
- Ask the doctor to save his questions for you, as the patient may be unable to answer properly.
- Make sure you, a friend, family member, or caretaker stay with the patient at all times.
- Offer comfort, support, and reassurance to the patient.