Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – What to do if you have a “Wanderer” in your family
Caring for a loved one who has wandering issues is one of the most difficult aspects of family caregiving.
Here are some tips that that could help prevent wandering:
- An elderly person with occasional bouts of confusion may require less supervision, but caregivers still must be careful about leaving such seniors alone.
- If a senior is at risk of wandering, enroll him or her in your local “Silver Alert” directory or a similar registry if one is available.
- Loved ones of seniors at risk of wandering can notify trusted neighbors in a block radius, introducing them to the senior if feasible.
- Seniors with serious wandering problems can’t be safely left alone and require constant supervision.
- Care teams made of visiting caregivers, family, and even kindly neighbors can help provide companionship and provide supervision to seniors who wander.
- To keep a loved one from wandering away at night, consider house adaptations such as “hard-to-reach slide bolts for doors or doors disguised with hanging towels” according to Dave Baldridge, Executive, Director of International Association for Indigenous Aging.
- Explore monitoring and tracking technologies (also discussed below), but don’t become over-reliant on them.
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