Wednesday Workshop – How to Deal with Rummaging and Hiding Things
Hello and welcome to today’s Wednesday Workshop. People living with Alzheimer’s disease may start to rummaging or searching through cabinets, drawers or other places where things are stored. That person may also hide items around the house. For caregivers, this behavior can be a little annoying or sometimes even dangerous.
In some cases, there might be a logical reason for the behavior. For example, your loved one may be looking for something specific but cannot explain what the item looks like. Try to understand what is causing the behavior so you can fit your response to the cause.
Here are some steps to take to deal with rummaging and hiding things:
- Lock up dangerous items or place them out of your loved one’s sight and reach.
- Remove expired food from the fridge and freezer – some people with dementia look for snacks but may lack the judgement to recognize spoiled foods.
- Remove valuable items that could be misplaced by you loved one. Try using a safe to store important things like jewelry, important documents, checkbooks and keys.
- Consider getting a post office box if your loved one often hides or loses mail.
- Keep your loved one from going into unused rooms. This limits their rummaging and hiding of things.
- Always check trash containers before you empty them, in case something has been hidden there or thrown away by accident.
You can also create a special place where your loved one can rummaging freely or sort through items. This could be a chest or a few dedicated drawers for them. Put your loved one’s name and picture on their special space to remind them where to find their personal storage. This is a good fix to an annoying problem!
For additional tips and tricks that combat rummaging and hiding things
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