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Preventing Wandering with Alzheimer’s

Memory loss can be a big factor to cope with when you have Alzheimer’s disease. However, proactive planning and seeking out Alzheimer’s care can help prevent components of the disease, like wandering and confusion. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 out of 10 people with the disease will wander at some point. Use these tips below for keeping the home safe so that your patient can enjoy it without having to worry about Alzheimer’s getting in the way.

Update locks/set alarms
Keeping locks out of sight is a good idea for wanderers. With locks out of sight and bolted during the day, there may be less occurrences of disappearing. If you want to make sure that someone is notified of sudden disappearances, setting up an alarm system in the home will ensure safety. This way, if wandering does occur, an alarm will sound, notifying caregivers.

As much as we want to keep our loved ones safe, setting too many boundaries can become problematic. Making sure that an Alzheimer’s patient is comfortable and able to move about his or her home is important, but it is also necessary to take precautions to avoid dangerous situations that could be life-threatening.

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