The tendency to wander impacts a large percentage of those living with Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 3 out of 5 people who are living with the disease experience wandering tendencies, and in fact these tendencies it can be some of the earliest symptoms people notice. Not everyone who has wandering tendencies doesn’t know where they are, doesn’t know where they’re going, or is completely lost when they wander. Seniors who are in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease can exhibit some behaviors of wandering that are milder, but can still be frustrating and even dangerous. Seniors in early Alzheimer’s disease may find themselves getting turned around while travelling to or from familiar places, for getting the location of places such as the bathroom in locations where they have already visited, or having difficulty following directions. These are all forms of wandering tendencies, and can indicate the potential for much more serious wandering later in the progression. Utilizing technology can be an extremely beneficial way to help your aging parent cope with their watering tendencies, and to stay safer whether they are in an early stage or more advanced stage.
Some types of technology that can help you care for a senior with wandering tendencies include:
- An individual GPS system. If your aging parent still drives or goes on frequent outings, a GPS system can be vitally important. Virtually all mobile devices today have GPS incorporated into them, which allows a person to input a destination and receive step by step instructions for how to get there.
- Wearable GPS. For those seniors farther advanced into the disease, wearable GPS may be the ideal choice. With this type of technology, which generally comes in the form of a pendant, a bracelet, or shoes, you can track your parents movements and locations. This allows you to easily find your senior should they at wander. You can also set boundaries around their home which will alert you if your parent goes outside these boundaries.
- Personal alert system. Is similar to a wearable GPS, personal alert system acts like an emergency button for your parent. This is very similar to a home emergency response system. With this type of technology, if your parent gets lost, or feels overwhelmed, they can activate their system and be connected with a response team. This can help them to get out of the situation quickly and safely.
If your senior has been experiencing greater needs and challenges, now maybe the right time for you to start home care. A caregiver can supplement your care routine to help your parent manage their challenges and needs in ways that are right for them. Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider can help your parent to stay safer and healthier, increase their activity, boost their mental and emotional health, stimulate their mind, and encourage greater independence. As their family caregiver, this can give you confidence they are living at their highest quality of life, while also allowing you to step back and focus on other elements of your life as well.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care services in Washington Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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