Anti wandering alarms
Anti wandering alarms - One of the most challenging, life-threatening issues related to the care of a person with cognitive loss is the occurrence of wandering, wherein an individual strays into unsafe territories and may be harmed. The most dangerous form of wandering is elopement, which occurs when a confused person leaves an area and does not return. The risk of wandering is a growing concern of families, long-term care facilities, regulators and insurers.
No one wants to face the emotional challenge of caring for someone who may not recognize us or their surroundings, yet—according to the Alzheimer’s Association—6 in 10 people with dementia will wander.
A person with Alzheimer’s may not remember his or her name or address, and easily can become disoriented in even familiar places. Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it.
Before we can look at solutions, however, it is important for families, caregivers and even HME/DME suppliers to understand the symptoms, early warning signs and, most importantly, risk factors associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as other factors or events which may increase wandering risk (brain injury or mental impediments that can adversely impact a patient’s judgment).