What Can I Do When Someone With Alzheimer's Wanders?
What should I do if someone with Alzheimer's wanders?
Your primary concern is keeping the person safe. More than 6 in 10 people with Alzheimer's wander (pace the floors or walk away from where they live), and every year tragedies result.
Try the following safety measures:
- Make the house safe for walking. Pick up clutter, throw rugs, wires, and plants that may be tripped over.
- Make doors difficult to open. Try plastic pinch-grip doorknob covers or chain locks of a type that's unfamiliar to the person (such as a chain lock in place of an old button lock). Block sliding glass doors at the base.
- Consider alarms that signal movement, such as chair pads, bed pads, and motion detectors. There are also bells that sound when a door is opened.
- Enroll the person in a program that alerts authorities if they go missing, such as the Alzheimer's Association's MedicAlert + Safe Return. Many local police stations also run programs.
- See also How to Handle a Parent With Alzheimer's Who Wanders.
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