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At 7am, we spoke with Regular Contributor Kristi Campbell, Owner of HomeInstead Senior Care. She has over 13 years of experience in this industry and has amassed a team of over 100 caregivers. Today’s topic was how to handle “wandering” in seniors. Six out of 10 living with Alzheimer’s or dementia illnesses will wander, according to the Alzheimer’s Association and any senior living with Alzheimer’s and dementia is at risk for wandering. This behavior can affect individuals in all stages of the disease for as long as that person is mobile. Wandering can happen at any time – and is not just limited to seniors on foot. Wandering can occur by anyone – even in a car or wheelchair. Wandering often leads many to think a person is going somewhere aimlessly, but, in fact, many seniors who “wander” are going somewhere with intent – “to work,” “home,” “to the store,” etc. A senior loved one wandering or getting lost can be one of worst scenarios for families caring with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or dementia illnesses. A wandering event causes immediate panic and unfortunately happens all too often. To prevent wandering, it is critical for families to understand what triggers these events and steps they can take to reduce or discourage loved ones from wandering. Common triggers for wandering include, delusions or hallucinations and those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias may misinterpret sights or sounds, causing them to feel fearful and wander to escape their environment. Individuals with dementia can be easily upset in noisy or crowded environments, triggering them to look for an escape from the chaos and fatigue, especially during late afternoons and evenings, individuals may become tired, causing restless pacing, and eventually, wandering. To help families take proactive precautions against wandering, Home Instead has launched a free tool, the Missing Senior Network, available at WWW.MISSINGSENIORNETWORK.COM. This mobile-ready platform enables family caregivers to alert a network of friends, family and businesses, via text or email, to be on the lookout for a missing senior. This resource is part of Home Instead’s free Prevent Wandering program, available at that site which includes helpful tips and resources, including what triggers wandering events and how to keep loved ones safe. In addition to setting up an alert network with the Missing Senior Network, other proactive steps families can take to help manage wandering behaviors in addition include, ensuring an individual who may be at risk is always wearing a form of identification, such as an ID bracelet and preparing the home for wandering. Families can do this by considering products that can keep seniors living with dementia safe at home, such as higher security locks or alarms for doors. In addition, families should keep walkways well-lit and create a safe space for seniors to wander by closing off certain parts of a room and locking door. If you have a loved one in need of care, reach out to Kristi and her staff at www.homeinstead.com/482 or via phone at 813-684-1972!
The 7:30 segment was information on HUD homes. Jamie is a HUD listing agent and broke down some of the incentives of buying HUD homes including the $100 down program available on all HUD owned homes that are FHA insurable as well as the Good Neighbor Next Door program where teachers, firefighters and emergency responders can buy a HUD home for 50% off of the appraised value. To learn more about these programs and the available inventory, visit www.hudhomestore.com
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