Seniors might wander from time to time, especially if they have Alzheimer's. You don't want to end up with a silver alert, which is why you need to follow a few tips to deal with the wandering senior.
1: Secure the Home
You should lock the home when a senior is inside. It's best to have alarms on the doors as well. If they try to leave, you will be instantly notified.
2: Hang Up Signs
Simple reminders that say "Stop" and "Don't leave" can be subtle reminders to seniors. It might be just enough to help them remember that they shouldn't leave the house.
3: Ensure They Get Plenty of Sleep
Many issues are sleep-related. Be sure a senior is getting the sleep that they need so that they are less likely to wander, day or night.
4: Keep an ID Bracelet on Them
It's not always possible to keep ID on a senior. However, many bracelets don't come off easily. This can have all of their personal information on it. Should a senior wander too far, a person who comes in contact with them will know how to get in touch with you.
5: Dress the Senior in Bright Clothes
If your loved one wanders, you need to be able to locate them with ease. Whether they wander off in a crowd or out into the neighborhood, you need to find them quickly. If you do have to call the authorities, you will also be able to tell them what the senior is wearing.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!