It is important to make sure the homes of people who have dementia are safe for them.
Wandering can be a serious problem for people who have more advanced dementia. These tips may help prevent wandering:
To prevent harm when someone with dementia does wander:
Inspect the person's house, and remove or reduce hazards for tripping and falling.
Do not leave a person who has advanced dementia alone at home.
Lower the temperature of the hot water tank. Remove or lock up cleaning products and other items that may be poisonous.
Make sure the kitchen is safe.
Remove, or store the following in locked areas:
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Moore, HD, Algase DL, Powell-Cope G, Appelgarth S, Beattie ER. A framework for managing wandering and preventing elopement. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2009;24:208-19.
Updated by: Joseph V. Campellone, MD, Division of Neurology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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