Understandably, grown children who have an aging parent with dementia or Alzheimer's often worry about their loved one wandering off. Our Bay Area home care agency sees all of the tragic news stories about seniors "disappearing" or wandering off, just as you do. If this is a concern you have, it's important to know the signs, and what you can do to keep your aging loved one safe.
First, what are the warning signs that your loved one might wander off? Pay attention to whether a senior:
Talks about responsibilities they had in the past as if they still have these responsibilities. For instance, does your aging parent talk about getting ready for work or taking/picking up the children from school?
Often has you guide him or her to the kitchen, living room, bathroom, or areas of the home he or she should be familiar with.
Paces on a regular basis without an underlying reason, or paces out of boredom.
How you can help
What happens if your loved one does wander off?
At Care Indeed, our in-home caregivers are dedicated to caring for those with dementia or Alzheimer's, and helping manage their daily routines and activities. If you're in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, or other nearby cities in the Bay Area, trust our team for exceptional, compassionate dementia care.
Home care is derived from the belief that older adults should be able to age at home with the level of care they need to be safe and comfortable.