Health Tip: When Alzheimer's Patients Wander
Suggestions to help keep them safe
(HealthDay News) -- Wandering -- moving about without a definite purpose in mind -- is a common trait of a person with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. This can be dangerous for the patient, and be a source of great stress for worried caregivers and loved ones.
Here are suggestions for what to do when Alzheimer's patients wander, courtesy of the Alzheimer's Association:
- Enroll your loved one in a nationwide identification program specifically for dementia-related wandering, which can help them return home safe.
- Keep contact information at hand for neighbors and local emergency services personnel, and keep them informed about the patient's condition.
- Install deadbolt or slide-bolt locks on all exterior doors. But never attempt to lock an Alzheimer's patient indoors without supervision.
- Limit access to dangerous areas, both inside and near the home.
- Keep in mind that Alzheimer's patients may wander in virtually any form of transportation, including bus or taxi.