There are more than 5 million people in the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Of these, approximately 60 percent will develop wandering tendencies at some point in their progressive journey with the disease. This is three out of every five people with the disease. Wandering can be a very dangerous behavior and leave your parent at high risk. If your senior has developed such tendencies, starting home care may be an ideal solution. Care providers give highly personalized services that are specifically designed to address an elderly adult’s needs in a way that is supportive, respectful, and focused on giving that senior the best lifestyle possible for them as an individual. By understanding the services that this care provider can give to your parent, you can make the care decisions that are best for them.
Some of the ways that home care can help your parent with wandering tendencies include:
-Identifying times of day when wandering is most common for your parent and ensuring that they are secure during that time, including giving them care that can reduce their anxiety and make them feel less compelled to wander
-Planning activities that can distract your parent and help to reduce their wandering
-Ensuring that the home is secure by utilizing the locks on the doors and windows to reduce the chances that they will get out of the house and possibly in a dangerous situation
-Going along with your parent when they wander to allow them to get the wandering “out of their system” while also making sure that they stay safe
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be a rewarding and meaningful experience.
This is a wonderful way for you to show how much you love your parent and to give them the highest quality of life you can as they age in place. But this experience can also be very challenging and stressful. Fortunately, home care can help. A home care provider can be there for your parent to fill care gaps, provide companionship and support, encourage activity and good lifestyle choices, offer medication reminders, and more. This helps your parent to enjoy a fulfilling, meaningful, and healthy quality of life while also easing your stress, giving you peace of mind, and ensuring that you have the time and energy to manage the other obligations in your life.