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Creating an Emergency ID Kit for a Senior with Wandering Tendencies

Senior Care in Pinecrest FL

Senior Care in Pinecrest FLWandering is one of the most frightening behaviors for seniors who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. This type of behavior can lead to an extremely dangerous situation very quickly, making it something that should be a focus of your senior care efforts as soon as your parent is diagnosed with dementia.

Some things that you should know about wandering in seniors with dementia include:
• Approximately 60 percent of seniors suffering from some form of dementia will experience wandering tendencies.
• Only around 30,000 cases of wandering are reported each year because others are resolved quickly or the caregiver does not know how to properly report it.
• 93 percent of wandering seniors found within 12 hours will survive.
• After 24 hours, the survival rate goes to 30 percent.
• After 72 hours, the survival rate goes to 20 percent.

Seniors wander for a wide variety of reasons, including restlessness and confusion that leads to wanting to “go to work” or “go home”. Many seniors with dementia also deal with sundowners, which leads to confusion, anxiety, and restlessness as the sun starts to set. If your senior deals with this, she may be at risk of wandering out of the house when she is alone or when you or a caregiver is sleeping, making it much more likely that she is going to get further away before you notice that she is gone and are able to find her.

Preventing wandering is the most important thing that you can do to protect your senior from the possible dangers of wandering, but as with anything in your senior care journey, just having plans in place to stop the danger from happening is not enough. You must also take into consideration the possibility of your plans not working out and the dangers still occurring. When it comes to wandering tendencies, creating an emergency ID kit can give you greater confidence that your loved one is safe and secure.

An emergency ID kit is something that your parent should carry as well as something that you should have in your home so that if your parent does wander. You can use this kit to give the police information that they can use to help them find your parent and ensure that she receives proper treatment and assistance when they do find her.

Items that you can put in your senior’s emergency ID kit should include:
• Identification. Even after your senior stops driving she should still have her own legal identification card. Be sure that any time you leave the house she has this card with her in case she wanders while you are on an outing, and keep a photocopy of the card in your ID kit.
• Current picture. An identification card should not be the only form of visual ID that you have in your kit. Also include a current picture that shows your parent how she usually looks, especially if she has changed much since her identification card picture was taken.
• Personal information card. Create a small card that includes pertinent information about your parent, including name, birthdate, any medical conditions that she deals with, any prescription medications that she needs, and any allergies that she has.
• Contact information. Also include a card that has emergency contact information, including you, her caregiver, and another emergency contact so that whoever finds her can quickly get in touch with someone to help.

You can store these items in a small bag that your parent wears or carries with her. While you cannot guarantee that she will think to pick the bag up if she starts wandering, by having the information in your kit at home you can make sure people know as much as they need to know about her to help them find her.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Pinecrest, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

Source
http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2009/12/sobering-statistics-about-alzheimers.html

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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