There are many dimensions to caring for patients with Alzheimer’s as severity and symptoms can vary from patient to patient. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “six in 10 people with dementia will wander.” This statistic becomes increasingly important during winter months, as patients may wander outside in extreme weather conditions.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers tips to prevent wandering:
- Provide structure through a regular routine
- Identify likely times of day wandering may occur
- Reassure patients who may feel lost, abandoned or disoriented
- Ensure basic needs are met
- Provide supervision
When caring for patients with Alzheimer’s, arm your staff with knowledge from TCG CHEX eLearning. The Caring for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia course provides an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia and provides strategies for safely and effectively caring for patients in the home environment.
View more tips and information on preventing wandering here.