March 2, 2022
If you have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the common symptoms associated with the condition should come as no surprise to you. It’s not uncommon for older adults living with dementia to become confused, disoriented and worried.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 6 in 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s will wander at some point in their journey. As a caregiver, you might be wondering how you can prevent someone with dementia from wandering.
Wandering isn’t completely avoidable since you can’t keep an eye on someone one 24/7. Luckily, there are precautions you can take to keep your aging parent safe, minimize wandering episodes, and lower the risk altogether.
Since it’s not possible to eliminate the risk of wandering, it’s important to do everything within your power to prevent roaming. Below are some simple ways to create a safer space for your family member if they start to wander, , including valuable tips for preventing future episodes.
Since every person’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia is unique, it can be difficult to pinpoint specific reasons for wandering. Most commonly, individuals with dementia wander because they’re:
The best thing you can do is talk to your loved one about their behavior and identify any potential triggers or stressors that could lead them to roam. The goal is to prevent wandering in the future and keep your loved one safe.
At Walnut Place, our memory care services offer care, support, respect and dignity to each and every resident. Our goal is to provide your loved one with the quality of life they deserve, while also giving you the peace of mind that comes from knowing they’re receiving high-quality, specialized memory care 24/7.
“A 20-year veteran in long-term care shares her thoughts about the Walnut Place staff and programming. She says: "For 30+ nights, I slept in the other bed in my mother's room and experienced first-hand the care delivery. I feel I must recognize the teammates who have impressed me as clear industry standouts.”
“It was a tough decision to not take my mother to my employer at the time of admission, but I have to say I have absolutely ZERO regrets for being led to and choosing Walnut Place. It has been a very positive experience and the therapy services, especially the team that worked with my mother, were excellent.”
“They took great care of me after my surgery. Great staff! The exercise people helped me to learn how to walk again, thank you so much! ”
For middle-class seniors seeking care for themselves or a loved one, Walnut Place is the only senior living community with a 35+-year history located next to Presbyterian Hospital offering a continuum of care on site in a comfortable environment with long-tenured staff.See Location