Care recipient (cr) has begun wandering from home in a confused state

Try: #encourage the cr to exercise regularly exercise may limit restless behavior #install locks with a key high or low on doors some crs only look at things set at eye level #make sure the locks can be easily opened by others for fire safety #make a large sign that says stop and post it on the door #install child-safe plastic doorknob covers #place a black doormat outside the door many caregivers find that crs with advanced confusion won’t step over black mats perceiving them not as mats but as holes in the floor #keep coat purse keys and others items the cr associates with going out away and out of sight #make sure the cr wears an id necklace or bracelet there are a number of companies specializing in id jewelry for people with conditions that lead to confusion or dementia #find black mats and locks at hardware stores and do-it-yourself stores find child-safe plastic doorknob covers where infant and toddler care supplies are sold #locate a local support group or an online group serving families involved with the condition affecting the cr to get informal evaluations about different products you can also search for companies that make them and contact them directly #tell neighbors and local police about the wandering behavior and make sure they have your phone number in case they see the cr alone outside #keep a current photo to show police or neighbors if the cr becomes lost

Materials: Locks requiring a key flat black rubber mats cardboard and marker for making a sign child-safe plastic doorknob covers id bracelet current photo of the cr

Categories: Behavior Challenging, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical, Independence, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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