Not every person with dementia is prone to wandering, but every person with dementia is at risk for it. In fact, in a recent study, 46 percent of Alzheimer's family caregivers say their loved one has wandered off or gotten lost at some point.
As we all know, the first rule of dementia is to expect the unexpected. So, even if wandering isn't an issue for you yet, it's smart to familiarize yourself with what to do in case it ever happens.
In addition to the inherent risk of wandering that comes with just having dementia, some other signs that a person might wander include:
If a person in your care does wander and you aren't able to find them within 15 minutes, here are the next steps to take:
For more information, support and resources for those caring for people with dementia, please contact us!
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