Tip of the week 06/17/02

Keeping an Alzheimer’s patient safe is one of the most important aspects of caregiving. Some people with AD have a tendency to wander away from their home or their caregiver. Knowing what to do to limit wandering can protect a person from becoming lost. Make sure that the person carries some kind of identification or wears a medical bracelet. If he or she gets lost and is unable to communicate adequately, this will alert others to his or her identity and medical condition. Keep a recent photograph or videotape of the person with AD to assist police if the person becomes lost. Be sure to secure or put away anything that could cause danger, both inside and outside the house.

Source: National Institutes of Health

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