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How to Prevent a Senior with Alzheimer’s from Wandering

By Vicki and Brian Day

Elder Care in Wind Gap PA

Approximately six out of 10 seniors with dementia will wander. Not only can the elder end up getting lost by doing this, but it can also increase the stress and frustration felt by the caregiver. Unfortunately, these older adults end up getting involved in an accident that could cause life-threatening injuries because of their need to wander. Even slow moving seniors could wander while their family members are not looking.

During these phase of Alzheimer’s disease, the elder will need an elderly care provider to care and watch over them in order to prevent them from trying to leave. Below are some other ideas that may be able to prevent your loved one from wandering.

  • Child-proof the home. Make the door knobs more difficult to open by adding child-proof door knob covers to make it more challenging for them to open the door.
  • Add extra locks. Install a lock that is out of reach of your loved one. This way, you will be able to keep the doors locked without having the elder trying to unlock it. This can also be done for sliding patio doors.
  • Install alarms. Alarms can be installed to doors and windows in order to alert you or the caregiver when your parent tries to leave the home.
  • Use pressure-sensitive mats. Many seniors with Alzheimer’s decide to begin their wandering in the middle of the night. In order to alert you if the elder gets up in the middle of the night, a pressure-sensitive mat can be placed next to their bed. When they step on it to get out of bed, an alarm will go off.
  • Discover their reason for wandering. Is your loved one stressed, bored, searching for an item, or in need of something? Try to uncover the senior’s reason for wandering and if they are going at the same time every day. Knowing this will make it easier for you to come up with a solution to the problem.
  • Talk to their doctor. For more tips on how to prevent your loved one from wandering, talk to their doctor. They may also be able to prescribe a medication that can help.

It is not uncommon that older adults with Alzheimer’s disease wander, but it can be extremely dangerous to their health. With these tips, your elderly loved one will be able to stay safe when the get the urge to wander.

Source:
http://dailycaring.com/8-ways-to-prevent-alzheimers-wandering/

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