As a caregiver for a senior with Alzheimer’s, wandering is likely one of your top concerns. As the disease progresses, memory loss and confusion can lead some patients to leave their home. Even patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s may find themselves disoriented and unable to tell important details, such as their name, that could help them find their way back.
Since no one can predict when a person may choose to wander, the Toronto Alzheimer’s caregivers from Home Care Assistance share a few precautions to take before an event occurs so that your loved one will stay safe.
- Stick to a Daily Routine – Seniors with Alzheimer’s thrive on routine. Therefore, make sure to serve meals at the same time each day and include a regular bedtime that your loved one can rely upon to make sense out of their day. This will also help to ensure that wandering does not occur due to an unmet need.
- Keep Car Keys Out of Sight – When wandering occurs on foot, there is more time for a search team to find the Alzheimer’s patient. However, a disoriented driver can be dangerous to not only to themselves, but also the public. When visiting your loved one, keep your car keys in your possession. If your loved one lives in your home, be sure to store keys where they will not be accessible.
- Prevent Night Wandering – Often, a senior may wake up in the night to use the restroom and wander right out the front door. To prevent this from occurring, restrict fluids during the two hours before bedtime. You may also install nightlights to guide your loved one to the restroom, and camouflage exterior doorknobs by painting them the same color as the surrounding walls. As always, install locks on exterior doors to further protect against wandering.
- Use a Tracking Device – Today, technology can provide caregivers with peace of mind should their loved one wander. GPS devices can be placed in a person’s shoe or worn on their body so that instant delivery of their location can be provided. While this can provide lifesaving information in an emergency, it can also allow caregivers to check on their loved one anytime they need reassurance that they are safe.
For additional information about caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced Care Managers at Home Care Assistance of Toronto. We proudly provide home care Toronto families trust, offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee with all of our care services, flexible care schedules and no long-term contracts. Call 416-488-8777 to request your complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.