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Alzheimer's and Dementia Wandering - Safety Products

Wandering is the single most critical worry for a caregiver. Those suffering with Alzheimer's, other forms of dementia and memory loss have a tendency to wander whether they are at home or in unfamiliar surroundings. They are trying to make sense of the world they find themselves in at that moment.

Patients will sometimes leave clues that they are about to wander by announcing that it is time to go home, when in fact they are home. They may get dressed to go to work when they stopped working long ago. Their past memories are now present. Without warning, they may start to wander into forbidden or dangerous areas within their own home - and locked doors could just make a wandering situation more severe.

Reasons Why People Wander

Task Oriented: Most people always have something to do. Even if they don't, they create something to keep their hands and brain busy. People with Alzheimer's relive their former lives and leave their home believing they are going to a job or shopping.

Pain, discomfort and agitation: Emotions can be reason to wander. They are not happy in their present situation so if they move to another location maybe those symptoms will not come with them. But in actuality, they are wandering.

Loss of Memory: When people become disoriented due to their present thoughts disappearing, their reality being blurred or seeking places that were once familiar to them, they wander looking to go back to those comforting and safe places. They are searching for their past.

Disorientation: They may wake up at 5 in the morning and not know if it is day going into night or night going into day. They will leave their surroundings to seek the answer.

What to do if you suspect or have a person that wanders

Take proper precautions;

Safety Products For Dementia Wandering

1) Alert your support group, caregivers, and neighbors that events of wandering may happen.

2) Prepare the home or facility by using products that can lessen the possibility of an occurrence and its effect on all involved. Make it harder for them to wander and if they do, make it safer.

3) Prepare the patient with elopement equipment.

The Alzheimer’s Store offers a variety of dementia products that discourage roaming or alert caregivers when it is occurring. For those suffering with dementia, there is HELP.

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Door Guardian
Price: $27.95

Never leave the house unnoticed!

Never wander again without monitoriing!

A clever lock to prevent wandering!

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Freedom GPS Locator Watch - Lok8u
Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00
Savings: $50.99
GPS Smart Sole
Price: $299.00

Dual purpose: decorative piece + eliminates wandering!

Stylish and discreet~looks like a sports watch and has a locking wrist strap to avoid unauthorized removal!

Caregiver peace of mind to easily locate their loved ones..
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Mobile Medical Alert Pendant - Belle
Price: $39.95
Activation Fee: $35.00

Allows independent living!

Protect your loved ones and give yourself piece of mind!

Perfect when there are multiple caregivers!

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GPS Locator Watch - TriLoc™
Price: $399.95
Sale Price: $349.95
Savings: $50.00
Memory Shadow Box
Price: $160.00
Memory Box
Price: $183.50

No other device communicates alerts quicker!

Stimulates memories while displaying cherished items in a safe and familiar way!

Never forget where your room is!

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Always know when someone is on the move!

Alarm sounds when getting up.. a great safety feature!

An amazing illusion to prevent wandering!

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Stop Sign Banner
Price: $32.95

A perfect solution to dementia wandering!

A perfect complement to the TriLocTM GPS Locator!

Great deterrent for folks on the move!

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Floor Mat With Alarm
Price: $225.00

Always smart to have extras on hand!

Never be without a pad when monitoring a patient!

Prevents falls and wandering!

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Door Stop Sign
Price: $24.95
Do Not Enter Signs
Price: $24.95

A great visual aid to prevent roaming!

18" x 18" - Do Not Enter Sign

For Use With SafePresence™ 200 for Falls, Wandering and Communication and The SAFENBED™ Alert System

gone-without-a-trace in-search-of-the-alzheimers-wanderer Medical Alert ID Bracelet for Alzheimer's

Based on a true story....

In Search of the Alzheimers Wanderer

Provides medical profile information on the spot!

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Provides profile information on the spot!

Prevents falls and wandering!

Easy to set up and operate!

The following items are designed to specifically help those that WANDER

1) Easily recognizable stop signs are excellent deterrents. One of our earliest memories in childhood is a STOP sign. Even late stage patients recognize OFF-LIMIT areas when they see these red and yellow signs.

2) The Alzheimer's Store developed the first Fire Rated Door Mural that is approved for commercial facilities. It consists of a picture of a bookshelf that is so real, you have to touch it to know that it is a mural! The dementia oriented person no longer sees a door to go through. This is great for hiding utility closets or basement doors.

3) At night, remote mattress alarms and indoor motion sensors can alert caregivers of a wandering loved one. Patient remote alarm pads can also be placed in a dementia person's chair for daytime observation. These products have remote alarms that do not startle the patient but do alert the caregiver who may be in another room that their patient is on the move. They even have 2 way intercoms so the patient can be spoken to. This can arrest the movement, giving the caregiver time to get to the patient.

4) GPS devices are the newest technology for wandering. The Alzheimer's Store distributes devices that are locked on the wanderer's wrist, such as the Freedom GPS Locator Watch. The Alzheimer's patient can be tracked from any computer, tablet or smart phone. A device alerts the caregiver on site or family members or caregivers in remote locations that there is a wandering event occurring and the location of the patient. Others like the Caretaker Sentry, is a pendant to be worn in and around the home with an emergency alert button connected to a land line. Or the Sentry Pal which is a mobile emergency alert button with 2 way talk that is a GPS device. So now, those that need 24 hour anywhere/anyplace emergency contact can have the security they need.

5) Our emergency medical alert bracelet is an ID bracelet with the international scanning icon. All emergency responders carry scanning devices. It is also equipped with a url address with the wanderer's personal pin number. This pin number allows the caregiver/responder access to all medical records or contact information that has been preloaded into it from a computer.

All of these alert products are monitored by an emergency response center with personnel who are experienced and have specific training to respond to those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. This type of experience is crucial in a time of emergency.

Some, but not all, patients with dementia are prone to losing track of where they are. Overall, only one percent of patients are hurt while lost, but their chances of injury rise dramatically the longer that they remain missing.

"Half of all people with dementia who are missing for more than 24 hours die or are seriously injured," wrote psychiatrist Dr. Rupert McShane of Oxford University, who was referencing one of his own studies. McShane argued in favor of using tracking devices for wandering patients in his BMJ commentary.

He explains that 40 percent of dementia patients get lost at some point, but the real danger is with those who repeatedly wander away from their families, private caretakers, or nursing homes. This repetitive behavior happens in five percent of patients. It can strain family ties and lead to resentment between caretakers and dementia sufferers.

Regardless of your patient's progression or need, whether at home or in a facility, we have what you need to keep the caregiver and the patient safe and comfortable.

Wandering can be confusing, therefore, please call us toll-free at 1-800-752-3238 to answer any questions you may have.