Many of us have heard of Alzheimer's disease and for some of us, we are experiencing it first hand. Below is a blog post from a colleague, Janet Kuebler - Owner of Right at Home of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties - who wrote her recent blog about wandering. For family caregivers whose loved one has Alzheimer's disease, wandering can be a common and stressful concern. I hope you find this post informative and invite you to share your thoughts and questions below.
Prevent Dementia Patients From Wandering
The Alzheimer’s Association reports that as many as 60 percent of people with dementia, a condition with decreased memory or mental ability, will wander and may get lost. Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, head injuries and other health issues that involve dementia can all lead patients to stroll away from familiar surroundings. Wandering is preventable with the right safeguards in place.
Specific wandering risk signs to watch for include:
Janet Kuebler is the Owner of Right at Home of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, an agency that provides care and assistance for the elderly and disabled adults. As a Certified Senior Advisor, Certified Dementia Practitioner and facilitator for the Virtual Dementia Tour, she helps families care for their elderly loved ones. After providing care for family members, Janet recognized that aging is often difficult and families may need help providing care. Right at Home develops a customized care plan ranging from a little help around the house to daily medical attention and personal hygiene. Care is available on an hourly, overnight or live-in basis. Janet is a member of the Hunterdon County Senior Healthcare Coalition, the Hunterdon Regional Ethics Committee, the United Way Caregiver Coalition and the Somerset County Providers Network. Janet can be reached at 908-281-7961 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website at www.westcentralnj.rightathome.net.
Christine M. Valentin
As a licensed clinical social worker, I help individuals caring for a loved one reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and stress. This blog is meant to share with you, many of the suggestions I recommend to many family caregivers. Sign up to receive them directly.