Wandering No More

Wandering No More

Getting lost or mistakenly wandering away is a big problem for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as a huge source of concern for their families. It may appear impossible that elders who are weak, slow-moving, or require a walker may go long distances without being seen. However, it does occur! That’s why it’s critical to keep your elderly loved ones safe and to keep them from wandering.

As dementia progresses, constant monitoring will likely be required. Consider hiring home health care in Northern, Virginia for respite to conduct errands, work, or spend time with family if you are the primary caregiver.

When unsupervised, keep “trigger items” out of sight. Don’t leave car keys or anything else near the door that could cause someone with dementia to assume they need to go somewhere. If you are unable to be with your loved one you could hire a caregiver to provide companionship.

Rather than correcting your loved one, employ redirection to keep dementia patients from wandering. Instead of telling them they can’t go to work or drive, suggest an alternate activity that is both safe and calming. The more interested a person is, the less likely they are to wander so provide opportunities for both physical and mental and creative stimulation.

Loud noises, overstimulating situations, and unfamiliar surroundings can cause disorientation and agitation. Maintain a tranquil setting, especially if your loved one is prone to wandering.

Elyon Home HealthCare LLC provides personal care for people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. To lessen the likelihood of dementia wandering, we provide stimulating activities and private duty nursing, as well as a safe environment for seniors who do wander.

We also assist family caregivers by offering them respite care. Contact us now!

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