One of the side effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia disorder is wandering. Learn how to prepare and cope with wandering symptoms.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia diagnoses are scary. The more prepared you are to handle the behaviors, the better off you will be.
Being proactive can help you and your family reduce the risk of wandering.
Consider an ID bracelet. This can help protect an individual at risk for wandering by ensuring that he or she is easily identified as an individual with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another behavioral cognitive disorder.
Safeguard your Home
Prepare your home to prevent wandering. Consider installing alarms on doors and windows, cover for doorknobs, and high-security locks. Place locks out of eye-level view, or paint doors and door frames the same color as walls to “camouflage” the exits.
Each situation is different, but here are a few additional tips:
- Make a path in the home so a wandering individual can be safe.
- Fence in the yard to prevent a loved one from leaving the property if he or she does escape the house.
- Keep all walkways well lit and add extra lights in hallways. Use a night light system to line the hallways at night.
- Place medication in a locked drawer or cabinet to ensure that medications are taken safely.
- Remove tripping hazards like electoral cords and rugs.
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