7 Tips to Prevent Wandering in a Person with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Many people with Alzheimer’s disease wander away from home or their caregiver. There are ways you can help prevent wandering and keep the person with Alzheimer’s safe. Check out these 7 tips:

  • Do not leave a person with Alzheimer’s who has a history of wandering unattended.
  • Place STOP, DO NOT ENTER, or CLOSED signs on doors.
  • Divert the attention of the person with Alzheimer’s disease away from using the door by placing small scenic posters on the door; placing removable gates, curtains, or brightly colored streamers across the door; or wallpapering the door to match any adjoining walls.
  • Install safety devices found in hardware stores to limit how much windows can be opened.
  • Install an “announcing system” that chimes when a door is opened.
  • Secure the yard with fencing and a locked gate.
  • Keep shoes, keys, suitcases, coats, hats, and other signs of departure out of sight.

Get more tips about preventing wandering in a person with Alzheimer’s disease on our website.

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