Wandering is a term that is used when a senior leaves his or her home without their loved one knowing. Those who often wander are either disoriented, confused or have some form of memory loss such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Depending on the situation, the consequences of wandering can be serious and even traumatic.
Whether or not your loved one has wandered before, it is always important to make sure that they are safe especially if they suffer from cognitive impairment.
Some of the best ways to prevent wandering are:
- To ensure that your home is safe and secured with an alarm or sound (for example a chime) that indicates when someone is opening any doors or windows in your home. This way if you hear an unexpected chime you will know that your patient may be trying to escape your supervision and wander.
- Meet with a geriatric care manager that specializes in the care for persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- Redirect your loved one with activities and stimulating projects that will take their thoughts away from wandering. If your loved one tends to wander at the same time every day, a planned activity at that hour could reduce the urge to wander.
- Provide your loved one with a monitoring device such as a GPS bracelet or other tracking device that can send electronic alerts about your loved one’s location. If your loved one wanders, the GPS device can help you find him or her quickly.
And as always feel free to contact the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center at 561-588-4545 for any support that you may need.
Thanks and have a great day!