Help a Care recipient (cr) who paces or wanders by providing safe indoor spaces for pacing and distracting options to wandering

Try: #don’t try to physically restrain a cr who wanders as this often leads to injury and behavioral problems if a cr has begun a new behavior of pacing or wandering discuss these with the cr’s doctor medication or a dosage adjustment may be helpful #provide a safe route through which the cr can wander or pace remove all clutter and obstacles from the route set aside a safe place for repetitive activities like exercising folding small towels putting the lids on plastic containers working with large puzzles etc #the impulse to pace is sometimes also felt by crs who use wheelchairs or scooters protect walls doors or outcropping wall corners with clear acrylic liners designed for this purpose they are sold at some do-it-yourself hardware stores although they may need to be specially ordered you may also look for them in independent living supply catalogs #consider installing alarms on doors and gates so you will know when the cr is leaving the safe area or the home put cardboard versions of stop signs on doors you don’t want the cr opening #put baby gates at the top or bottom of stairs you don’t want the cr going up or down them alone and put a gate across any room you don’t want the cr in that doesn’t have a door but might be easily gated such as a kitchen

Materials: Safe indoor area safe indoor route paper or cardboard stop signs door alarms baby gates activities puzzles exercise machines small towels to fold etc consultation with doctor wall door or corner protectors

Categories: Behavior Challenging, Medical Physical, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Unaware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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

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