During these summer months, it feels good to be outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. However, for someone living with dementia extra precautions may need to be taken so they can remain safe outdoors. Here are some steps you can take to address restless dementia energy or the need to wander.
Create a daily routine that allows time for walking outside. This will help decrease anxiety and restlessness while indoors.
Track specific times during the day that wandering happens more often. Getting outside during those times may help reduce the need later.
Sometimes wandering can happen because of an unmet need. Maybe they need to use the bathroom, are hungry, or just need general comfort.
Keep them engaged during the day to decrease boredom!
Make your neighbors aware of the situation so that they can be an extra pair of eyes and ears!
Check into a GPS tracker to provide peace of mind and help assist if they wander too far.
Consider bells or chimes on the doors so you know when the door is being opened.
Even though your loved one may not experience wandering now, they may eventually as the disease progresses. It is essential to take these precautions, especially as we enjoy summer and it's potential heat waves. There are also safe and secure communities, like MeadowView in Cedar Rapids and Marion that offer an engaging environment that promotes freedom of movement and engaging activities. This helps our tenants thrive and have a quality of life despite the disease. To learn more about MeadowView or how we can help you determine what might be best for your loved one, call our our team today.
Cedar Rapids / Danielle Helgerson, Certified Dementia Practitioner 319-540-4787.
Marion / Michelle Milcoff, Community Relations Director 319-775-7499
Burlington / Gerald Kite, Community Relations Director 319-201-8401