The Spring time in Texas calls for a certain degree of concern in family caregivers struggling with dementia and wandering issues. The warmer days and longer evenings beckon Alzheimer’s patients who long for the bright sunshine and outdoors.
Every 70 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia-related disease. Therefore, caregivers must become more innovative in coping with safety issues such as wandering. Fortunately, the Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® is an excellent tool for family caregivers who may be concerned about their loved one’s safety and wandering issues.
Sometimes, coaxing an Alzheimer’s patient to accept changes such as wearing a safety alert bracelet takes a creative approach and the Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® program offers a few tips that have proven affective for some users of the program.
Tips to Encourage Use of Safe Return IDs
1. Give the ID jewelry as a gift
2. Ask the doctor to present the ID jewelry
3. Present the ID jewelry at different times of day on different days
4. Present the ID necklace a military dog tags
5. Place the ID bracelet on the dominant hand, and dab some heavy-duty glue on the clasp
6. Place the ID jewelry next to current jewelry
7. Order the ID necklace as an alternative to the ID bracelet
8. Order matching caregiver ID jewelry
9. If allergic to stainless steel, have the Safe Return ID number and 800-number engraved on a favorite piece of jewelry
10. Consider using the clothing labels, wallet card and key chain.
Call Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® to:
Ask questions or enroll:
Report a wandering incident:
We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.