Solving unexpected problems when I leave home is a buzz kill. Now that I am a stroke survivor, community outings go much better if I check out the environment ahead of time. If you cannot go on a trial run yourself, send a caregiver who can visualize solutions that will make your trip easier. I am more confident and relaxed when I know I will not be startled by a nasty surprise.
Here is an example of how rehearsal pays off. I volunteered to sell raffle tickets for a fund raising event at my church. I already knew how far handicapped parking is from the front door and how accessible the bathroom is. The supplies I needed were stored downstairs where I could not get them. I arrived early to: (1) see if there were barriers blocking access to where I would sit,
(2) give someone time to get the supplies for me, and (3) silently rehearse what I would say when people came to buy tickets. Saying the same thing over and over made my word-finding problem disappear. I enjoyed talking to people, ate a little food, listened to live music, and collected over $900 for my church. Having fun and feeling useful are great antidotes to depression.