Even in familiar surroundings, people with dementia can become disoriented, forget how they got there, and struggle to recall the day, week, month, or year. This could lead to feelings of anxiety and fear, especially if they're not dressed for the weather or have forgotten to take their medications. Additionally, if they have trouble communicating, it becomes even more challenging as they might be unable to ask for help or identify themselves as lost.
Create a safety plan
Take proactive steps and build a safety plan to help protect your loved one. It will help reduce the risk of losing one's way overall and increase the chances of a safe return home.
Review practical tips on how to prevent someone from losing their way.
Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories have compiled a list of possible causes for walking about and tips and strategies to address the issue.
Alberta Health Services Home Care
Access the Community Care or Home Care program through a referral from your family doctor. Contact the Community Care Access or Home Care program with questions.
Alberta Health Services Community Care
Access the Community Care program through a referral from your family doctor. Contact the Community Care Access program with questions.