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Wandering – Choosing a Strategy

Little Research on What Works
Different situations
Unique environments

Interventions Depend on
Person's temperament
Stage of disease

4 No-Cost Strategies
Keep person engaged
Put away triggers
Camouflage door
Use Do Not Enter Signs

See also:
Behaviors Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Association MedicAlert + Safe Return Program

There has been very little research on what solutions work best in different situations and environments, so it can be overwhelming trying to find the best strategies to deal with wandering. How well any intervention works depends on a lot of things, including the person's temperament, the stage of the disease, their environment, and, of course, the product or strategy employed. For example, a person may become very agitated by locked doors or refuse to carry a tracking device like a cell phone or wear a special monitor on their wrist. Further GPS and other tracking devices do not work in all environments. Since no single strategy will work in all situations, it's best to try several to see which ones work best for you. For example, combine several strategies for extra safety, like ID bracelets and some kind of monitoring device.

For more information, hover over these four simple strategies that you can use along with other interventions in this section.

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