A cr with dementia often tries to leave the house alone

Try: Make up several different bags with items of interest to the cr items could include a deck of cards a small flashlight a comb or brush a small stress ball a plastic slinky hand-puzzles small picture books etc the type and variety of items will depend on what the cr enjoys look for items that are colorful moveable or make simple noises make sure they are not small enough or can’t be broken into pieces small enough to pose a choking hazard to a cr who has begun putting inappropriate objects in his or her mouth wear a fanny pack carpenter’s apron while caring for the cr do not show items until the cr becomes restless and appears to be looking for an exit distract the cr by opening the pack speaking gently and redirecting the cr’s attention to the item in your hands continue talking positioning yourself in front or to the side of the cr and gently lead the cr away from the exit using an item in your pack as a lure actually wearing the fanny pack is important it eliminates the need to search for something attractive when you unexpectedly need to redirect the cr having everything ready saves time and energy

Materials: Fanny pack or carpenter’s apron multiple small articles to entertain

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Medical Physical, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T 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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