Because wandering is a legitimate concern with dementia patients, nursing home staff are trained to prevent it and to deal with it effectively when it does happen.

Here are a few suggestions from the Alzheimer’s Association for caregivers, whether at home or in a nursing home:

  • Keep a daily routine.
  • Plan activities during the time when wandering is most likely to occur.
  • Be reassuring if the person feels lost, abandoned, or disoriented, and try not to correct him or her.
  • Make sure that all physical needs are met. See if he or she needs to use the toilet, is hungry or thirsty, or wants to bathe.
  • Avoid busy places.
  • Have locks on exterior doors placed out of the line of sight.
  • Camouflage doors and doorknobs.
  • Use bells or alarms that will signal when a door or window is opened.
  • Provide supervision.
  • Place car keys out of sight.
  • Reduce night wandering by restricting fluids two hours prior to bedtime and ensuring that the person has used the toilet just before going to bed.

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