Strategies that Work: Wandering

These strategies are examples of what has worked for other caregivers in the past. Many services are offered in the community to help caregivers—and those being cared for—cope with the challenges of daily living and reduce stress. Links within the table will take you to our Community Services page, where you will find a more detailed description of the service and, in some cases, coupons that will let you try the service at a special, introductory rate.

Concern or Problem

Strategies and Available Services

Comments from Caregivers

Wanders during the day and night Enroll person with Medic Alert + Safe Return through the Alzheimer’s Association “I feel much safer now”
Contact Personal Emergency Response provider to install motion sensors when outside doors are open and an alert pad when person gets out of bed. “I can sleep through the night”
Have Chore Service provider  come and do home inspection for safety needs “I did not realize there were so many dangers in our home”
Requires constant supervision and direction Attend Adult Day Service for six hours, two times a week “I was able to go grocery shopping without fear or having to take my mom”
Utilize In Home Respite for four hours once a week “I got my hair done for the first time in six months”
Utilize Out of Home Respite at a small facility for one week “My husband and I went up north like we used too, and we will do it again later this year”
“I had to have minor surgery and this time helped me to recover”
Needs to socialize and be out in community Have a Volunteer Caregiver come once a week to go to bingo, lunch or shopping “Well mom loves bingo but I do not seem to have time to take her right now”
Reduce stress of the one providing care Work with a Counseling Service “Helped me deal with family issues”

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