Can Home Care Help a Senior Cope with Their Wandering Tendencies Effectively?

Approximately three out of every five adults who are living with Alzheimer’s disease will develop wandering tendencies. This is approximately 60 percent of those with the disease. Wandering can be one of the most dangerous issues related to cognitive decline, leaving seniors vulnerable to getting lost or ending up in hazardous situations such as wandering into traffic or ending up in a risky area. Helping them to cope with this symptom can protect your parent and help them to avoid serious dangers as they progress. Fortunately a home care provider can be an invaluable source of this support for them.

Home Care in Jupiter FL: Home Care and Wandering

Home Care in Jupiter FL: Alzheimer’s and Wandering

While the first thing that you think of when it comes to protecting your parent from the dangers of wandering tendencies might be stopping them from getting out of the home, this might not always be possible, and may not be the best approach even if it was. There are ways that you or a care provider can help your parent to handle their wandering tendencies effectively and safely.

Some ways that a home care provider can help your parent handle their wandering tendencies include:

  • Plan outings. Often, wandering occurs as a result of boredom or the feeling that they should be doing something. A care provider can plan outings for them to keep them active so your parent is less likely to head out on their own searching for something.
  • Keep them distracted. Many seniors wander at the same time of day. This often coordinates with times that they used to do things when they were younger, such as going to work or picking up children from school. A home care provider can identify these patterns and find ways to keep your parent distracted at these times so they are less likely to feel nervous or anxious and want to wander.
  • Go with them. Handling wandering is not always about stopping them. Instead, a care provider can keep your parent safer simply by going with them. Allowing them to wander with a care provider’s supervision means that they get more exercise, engage their mind, indulge their compulsion to wander, but do not get lost or end up in dangerous situations.

 

Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they are getting everything that they need no matter how often you are able to be with them. Through a set of highly personalized services this care provider can ensure that any care gaps that exist in your routine are fulfilled effectively and in the way that is right for your aging parent. This means that your senior can pursue the highest quality of life possible while also pursuing an active, independent, and fulfilling lifestyle throughout their later years.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Jupiter, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

Source

http://www.alz.org/norcal/in_my_community_18411.asp

About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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