When a person with the condition wanders off, it can be dangerous and very upsetting for both the senior and his or her caregiver.60% of those suffering from Alzheimer's will wander at some point in time and 50% of those who are not found within 24 hours will encounter grave consequences.Therefore, it is important to better understand some of the possible causes.
Here are some of the reasons your loved ones may be wandering:
1. Unfamiliar or confusing surroundings
Seniors who suffer from dementia often become disoriented, especially in unfamiliar, noisy or busy surroundings. This can lead to panic, paranoia or a feeling that they need to escape and find familiar surroundings.
Often, wandering is caused by something as simple as boredom or restlessness. Try to go on walks, exercise and keep your dementia clients entertained in other ways if they're prone to wandering off.
Alzheimer's or another form of dementia can sometimes cause seniors to have delusions or revert to another time in their life. If that's the case, it's possible they're wandering because they believe they have tasks they need to be doing or places they need to go. For instance, a senior with dementia may leave the house to pick up his or her kids from daycare - even though the senior's children are adults.
How can you provide additional safety and awareness to seniors who are prone to wandering?
Blackridge Solutions' new PAL GPS Watch will alert care givers immediately when a wandering situation has occurred, while also providing highly accurate GPS location points on a map as to where the GPS Watch is, anywhere in North America. Equipped with a Panic button, and the same size and look as a normal digital wristwatch, the "lockable" watch strap ensures the watch is always attached to the seniors wrist during a wandering situation.
For further information, please contact Blackridge Solutions at: (778) 686-5799 or info@BlackridgeSolutions.com