We all love the seniors in our lives. Whether they're our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or just close family friends, they've been there for us as we grew up. So, when we find ourselves in a situation where they need our help, we're often more than willing to lend a hand. However, if the senior in your life is beginning to wander (particularly if they suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia), then you might have a harder task in front of you than you thought.
If you're looking for ways to deal with wandering, Here are some simple suggestions.
Tip 1: Change The Locks
If you live with your loved one, and you want to prevent them from wandering, it pays to install some additional security to stop them from wandering outside. Whether it's a two-way lock that requires a keypad combination, or a physical key, or simply a chime that lets someone know when the door has been opened, a little extra security goes a long way.
Tip 2: Fence The Yard
While it might sound like something you do for a dog rather than your dad, making sure you have a security fence is a good way to make sure your loved one doesn't go missing if they go outside to get some fresh air, then lose track of what they were doing.
Tip 3: Tag Them
Again, this feels like something you'd do to a teenager on house arrest, or to your pet who's run off, but we live in the age of Bluetooth, and there is no greater help when it comes to wandering than to make sure your loved one has a simple tag to help you find them. It can be placed in a necklace, or on a bracelet, and it lets you know at a glance if your loved one is lost, or if they're right where you expected them to be.
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!