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I care foran alzheimer's patient who tends to wander off and gets lost. What can I do?

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Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Functional analysis

Reduce hazards--throw rugs, cords, install night lights, gates at stairwells.
Provide a place to wander safely. Install alarms & locks--pressure-sensitive mats, warning bells on doors, child proof covers on doorknobs or second lock out of line of sight. Disguise exits--curtains, stop sign, mirror, or large poster. Have them wear a gps device or emergency bracelet. Remove triggers-hat, coat, keys.

In brief: Functional analysis

Reduce hazards--throw rugs, cords, install night lights, gates at stairwells.
Provide a place to wander safely. Install alarms & locks--pressure-sensitive mats, warning bells on doors, child proof covers on doorknobs or second lock out of line of sight. Disguise exits--curtains, stop sign, mirror, or large poster. Have them wear a gps device or emergency bracelet. Remove triggers-hat, coat, keys.
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric

In brief: A common problem

This is both common and difficult.
The answer for any one person may be unique to them. The safest thing is to have 24/7 awake care. This can be impossible in a home setting. Make sure the person has an id bracelet on so that if they do get lost, someone can help return them to home. One can install alarms on the doors and windows. Call a local support group or your doctor for suggestions.

In brief: A common problem

This is both common and difficult.
The answer for any one person may be unique to them. The safest thing is to have 24/7 awake care. This can be impossible in a home setting. Make sure the person has an id bracelet on so that if they do get lost, someone can help return them to home. One can install alarms on the doors and windows. Call a local support group or your doctor for suggestions.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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