Wandering can be a common issue for people living with dementia. Often families are having to make household changes to make things safe and secure for their loved one. Changes may include a door alarm system or extra locks on doors. It can be a stressful time for families. There are some early warning signs you may want to pay close attention to.
These will be important signs to tune into as the disease progresses. As cold weather hits, some may think that the winter weather will keep a loved one inside. However, someone living with dementia struggles to have a concept of time which also means difficulty tracking change of seasons even if there is snow on the ground. Besides looking out for early signs of wandering, there are ways you can help lower risk factors for wandering.
If you have questions regarding dementia and safety, contact MeadowView's very own Certified Dementia Practitioner, Danielle Helgerson at 319-540-4787.