How to prevent those living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia wandering.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 60% of people who live with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will wander. It’s an even greater concern for older people when the temperature drops. Read our tips below to help prevent wandering during the day and night.
Top 10 Alzheimer and Dementia wandering tips
1) Look for patterns and triggers
Your loved one may wander off in the morning thinking it’s time to go to work or school. If they become agitated and wander at night, maybe they are thirsty or hungry. Leaving a glass of water or a biscuits by their bed each night could help.
2) Keep your home safe and secure
Install new locks and alarms high up on your doors and windows that your loved one can’t open easily. Buying motion detectors such as an alarmed mats next to exit doors or next to their bed. Hang bells on the doorknobs.
3) Signs around the home
Consider putting up signs on internal doors – such as toilet, bedroom, kitchen so they can see which door leads where and won’t accidentally end up outside.
4) Garden and driveway security
Consider putting up a fence or a gate around the garden – it can be expensive but allows your loved one to be outside getting some fresh air safely.
5) Ensure they always carry identification
Medical identification like a bracelet or pendant – is a good idea. Also consider sewing name labels and telephone numbers into your loved one’s clothes especially their coats and jackets.
6) Dress brightly in crowds
If you’re going out, consider dressing them in clothing you can see from a distance – especially if you’re planning to be in a crowd.
7) GPS tracking devices
There are numerous GPS tracking devices on the market. Some sound an alarm on both the bracelet and a base unit when the person gets too far away. Others charge a monthly fee and use devices to pinpoint the person’s location on their mobile phones.
Some experts believe that getting out during the day can help prevent wandering at night. Consider a supervised walk before dinner may be enough to reduce agitation during the night.
9) Sleep routines
Is a loved living with Dementia wandering at night? Ensure you have a schedule of going to bed and waking up. If they are prone to wander at night – reduce their napping during the day and avoid any caffeinated drinks.
10) Get to know your neighbours
Make your neighbours aware that your loved one has Alzheimer’s and Dementia and that they are prone to wandering.
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