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

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Prevent it

There are various ways to prevent wandering.
Try engaging the person and distracting him/her if he/she wants to go out. Lock the door, or mask the exit. You will get more information at http://www.Alz.Org/care/alzheimers-dementia-wandering.Asp#tips.

In brief: Prevent it

There are various ways to prevent wandering.
Try engaging the person and distracting him/her if he/she wants to go out. Lock the door, or mask the exit. You will get more information at http://www.Alz.Org/care/alzheimers-dementia-wandering.Asp#tips.
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Have awake care.

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: Have awake care.

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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