Posts Tagged ‘Hainesport NJ alzheimer’s care’

Take a moment to read this Alzheimer’s Poem…

March 10th, 2015 No Comments

Alzheimer’s Poem

This Alzheimer’s Poem is written from the point of view of a person who has dementia. It helps all of us gain a better understanding of Alzheimer’s-related behavior patterns.

Before wandering turns deadly (as happened to a GA man): 5 tips to prevent wandering…

December 4th, 2013 No Comments

Before wandering turns deadly: 5 tips to prevent wandering

On Friday morning, a Georgia man who had dementia was shot and killed while wandering. Ronald Westbrook, 72, was approximately 3 miles from his home when he rang the doorbell and tried to open the door to a home. The resident, Joe Hendrix, shot Mr. Westbrook on the property after reportedly not getting response to verbal commands, believing Mr. Westbrook was a prowler. Hendrix is not being charged with shooting Mr. Westbrook. [Read more at http://nydn.us/1cXZKWR].

With news such as this, it’s important for family caregivers in New Jersey and elsewhere to be diligent in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

5 ways to prevent someone with dementia from wandering:

  • 1. Keep the person in your home. Motion detectors and bells on doorknobs may help you detect when your loved one is attempting to leave. Installing locks on windows and doors can also help prevent someone from leaving. Place “Do Not Enter,” “Keep Out” or “Stop” signs on doors to prevent exiting.
  • 2. Install a fence. Just as preventing children or pets from wandering, a fence will help prevent your loved one from leaving the premises. Make sure the gates are locked.
  • 3. Use tracking devices. Have the person with dementia wear a GPS tracking bracelet or other device. Depending on the device, it may alert the caregiver if the person wanders too far. Your loved one should also carry his/her personal information at all times–an ID bracelet, a card in the wallet, even a temporary tattoo kits are available.
  • 4. Promote better sleep. Maintain a consistent schedule for going to sleep and waking up. Reduce caffeinated drinks and decrease napping throughout the day. Make sure the person gets plenty of physical activity as well.
  • 5. Meet neighbors. Introduce your loved one to your neighbors and give them your information. Let them know he/she may wander and to alert you if they see your loved one out alone.