Preventing Alzheimer's patients from wandering

Prepare in case Alzheimer's patient wandersFamily caregivers of the millions of people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease may want to be aware of what preventative measures they can take in order to keep their loved one safe and avoid them from wandering by themselves, according to Tampa Bay Online.

Installing alarms around entrances or locks may help to alert the caregiver that the senior may be disorientated. It is important that caregivers understand that just because Alzheimer's patients might wander, it doesn't mean that they definitely will. However, being prepared by installing alarms or locks may help prevent these people from getting injured or lost, the media outlet reports.

Falling has become a huge problem for seniors, as one third of people over the age of 65 will fall each year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Falls can cause injury and in some cases even death.

In addition, if a caregiver feels as though their loved one is in danger due to the amount they are wandering, it may be wise for the senior to move into a retirement living community or an assisted living facility. This way, the senior can receive the attention they need and give the caregiver some peace of mind.