A Look at Wandering Behaviors

An important component of Alzheimer’s care is the prevention of wandering behaviors. Individuals who wander off can easily become lost and may fall victim to various hazards, such as drowning or traffic accidents. In fact, wandering is one reason why families may explore assisted living options that provide Alzheimer’s support. Every individual who suffers from memory loss and other symptoms of dementia is at risk of wandering, provided he or she is ambulatory. This applies even in the early stages of dementia.

Some warning signs that wandering may occur include expressing the desire to go home, even when one is already home; displaying restlessness, repetitive movements, or pacing behaviors; and appearing to be lost in an environment that has changed or is new. Bear in mind, however, that even if these behaviors are not observed, an individual with dementia may still wander.

Families of individuals with dementia can turn to Avalon Memory Care for a compassionate dementia nursing care plan in Dallas and Fort Worth. We provide dementia care within a safe and reassuring environment. Call us at (214) 752-7050 for more information.