How To Care For - Wandering & Dementia
People with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, learning disabilities or a head injury may wander for many different reasons and understanding them can be an important step to managing the situation. People may wander because:
• They are searching for something they think they have lost
• They have hyperactivity and restlessness due to their medical condition
• They have had changes in their environment or situation which is causing anxiety
• They are confusing day for night
• They are in a habit of walking everyday
• They are bored
Helping To Prevent Wandering Behaviour
• Make sure they go to the toilet regularly
• Try to limit day time naps if night time wandering is a problem
• Places mirrors near doorways as this often stops a person wandering
• Place coats and bags out of sight to discourage people leaving
• Give the person a rummage drawer, lacing cards, activity apron or sensory bag to keep them busy
• Use activity and exercise in a meaningful way to provide structure – reminiscence activities and music can be particularly effective
• Ensure that medication is taken on time – medication reminders may assist with this.
• Place a large picture of the outdoors on a wall
• Have a Day / Night Clock visible to help prevent confusion
• Use a Reality Orientation Board daily to remind people of day and appointments
Keeping a person who wanders safe
• Always make sure they carry identification on them
• Keep a recent digital photo of them that you can easily send to police if they wander and do not return
• A Simple Mobile Phone may be useful for people who have wandered and are able to recognise the fact that they are lost.
• A Personal GPS Mobile Tracker can alert a carer to where the person is on their own Smart Phone or Computer.
• Providing automatic night lights and keeping landings and hallways uncluttered can help to prevent falls when people wander
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