Those suffering from dementia or Altzheimer’s have a hard time remembering things. Dementia affects mental cognitive tasks, which include memory and reasoning. Alzheimer’s is a disease that is progressive. It affects memory and cognition as well with no known cure available. Altzheimer’s is a type of dementia. Both of these usually become apparent after age 60.
Serenity Gardens is a dementia care home that specializes in helping those suffering from dementia and Altzheimer’s disease. We offer caretaker services, medication support, and around-the-clock care if needed. We are a very small home that separates itself by treating our residents like family. From eating meals together to allowing pets, we strive to create a home-like atmosphere that our patients can enjoy. Below, we’ll take a look at wandering in those suffering from memory impairment. Contact our dementia care facility today!
What is Wandering?
One common problem with those suffering from memory problems is what is known as “wandering.” Wandering is where a person wanders off, and because they don’t remember where home is, they get lost. This can have dire consequences if these individuals are not found.
What Causes Wandering in Dementia and Altzheimer’s Disease?
Wandering is usually a result of something the person is forgetting.
- Searching for an item. The person with dementia or Altzheimer’s may be looking for an item and not know where they put it. So, they begin looking and soon find themselves looking outside and all around, ending up lost.
- Searching for a place. The person with dementia or Altzheimer’s may be thinking they need to use the restroom or go to the bank, and they become lost doing so.
- Searching for an escape. The person with dementia or Alzheimer’s may be feeling anxious in a crowded room, or they may hear something or see something that makes them afraid. Thus, they leave with no place in mind to go.
- Searching for something to do. The person with dementia or Alzheimer’s is looking for something to do. Perhaps they want to play cards or go for a walk. Then, they become lost.
HOW TO PREVENT WANDERING
Having a loved one with impaired memory get lost can be extremely scary. After all, the person who is lost may not even realize they are lost. So what do you do to help prevent your loved one from wandering?
- Utilize technology. Nowadays, there are many ways to track a loved one’s movements, form apps on phones to physical GPS systems that can be worn by a loved one. Obviously, if a loved one wanders, you will instantly be able to find out where they are. However, the problem with these tracking methods is that they only work if the person is wearing the item, or if they have their phone on them. If their phone is left or the GPS tracker is removed, you are back to square one.
- Install locks and/or alarms. Some people think this is too much like a prison to actually use. However, you must remember that you are protecting your loved one from themselves, just as you’d protect a small child. Furthermore, those suffering from dementia and Altzheimer’s, while adults, have regressed to needing someone to protect them. Thus, you can put child proof door handles on all the doors. You can use bells that tinkle when doors open and close. Change your deadbolt locks to only open with a key. Hide the car key from your loved one. All of these are great ideas to prevent your loved one with memory impairment from wandering.
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