Having an elderly loved one suddenly wander off is one of the more frightening things that can happen as a family caregiver. Taking precautions can help to keep this from occurring with your loved one.
Install Special Locks and Alarms
Door alarms and locks can help to stop your loved one from wandering right at the door. There are plenty available that are hidden so that your loved one isn’t able to disable the lock or the alarm. Depending on your loved one’s situation, however, seeing a visible alarm or lock can be a deterrent on its own.
Make Exits Less Noticeable
Aside from making the door difficult to exit, you can also disguise the door and other types of exits. If your loved one doesn’t recognize the door as a way to get out, she may be less likely to try to leave the house when she gets the urge to wander.
Sort out What Inspires Your Loved One to Wander
Many people who wander have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. These illnesses can cause your loved one to feel triggered to wander. Learning what causes the urge to wander for your loved one can help you to spot those issues and avoid them for your loved one. For some people, not being physically active enough during the day can cause wandering. For others, unmet needs such as hunger or needing the bathroom can cause an urge to wander.
Prepare for Episodes of Wandering
Doing whatever you can to help your loved one avoid wandering is your first course of action. But what happens if she does wander off and you don’t realize it? Make sure that your loved one always has some form of identification on her, whether that’s a card in her pocket or an identification bracelet that includes your contact information. If you’re prepared for being separated from your loved one, you can help to make it easier to reunite with her.
Let other family members and new home care service providers know what to do for your loved one when she wanders and what safety precautions you have in place.
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