“The Indian Caregiver’s Corner” :
Advices from Vijaya's Art (family caregiver,Mumbai) to face Wandering among persons affected with AD:
This also means that they can get lost even if the area is familiar to them because they cannot remember where they are.
1. When you take the patient out of the house, maybe for a walk or to the doctor or for an outing; always, pin on a small badge with your name, address, phone number on their clothing.
Like you would do it for your little child who goes to nursery school. Just in case, if they do get lost it is easy for them to be returned to you. Be prepared.
2. It is always better to have another person with you when you take your patient out to hold them by the hand.
Even a child of 10 years can help you in this, or you could hire a maid for such tasks. Be sure that the person who is watching your patient talks kindly to them.
3. Inform the society watchman/security staff and explain to them that your patient is not aware of his surroundings so if they see this person leaving alone, that they should stop them and bring them back home gently.
4. Lock the house from the inside with a lock and keep the key on your person – don’t leave it lying around. It can be tiring to open the lock each time you have to open the door. So if you have high traffic in your home of persons coming and going out the front door, use the next option.
5. Install sensors on the doors that can be used to exit the house. This is a magnetic sensor and available quite cheaply and easy to install. It will make a very audible sound if the door is opened without turning it off when it is activated."