Is Your Aging Adult a Ninja at Getting out of the House?

Wandering is extremely common for aging adults who have dementia, but sometimes seniors wander for other reasons, too. If your elderly family member has had you hunting for her more than once, you might want to consider one of these ideas.

Caregiver Pittsford NY - Is Your Aging Adult a Ninja at Getting out of the House?

Caregiver Pittsford NY – Is Your Aging Adult a Ninja at Getting out of the House?

Figure out Why She Is Trying to Leave

There is almost always a reason that your aging family member is trying to leave her own home. She may feel as if she is supposed to be somewhere else, such as work or somewhere that she used to live. She might also have a basic need, such as hunger or needing the bathroom, that she’s not sure how to meet on her own. Staying on top of the reasons your aging family member wanders can help you to keep tabs on the situation.

Hide the Locks and the Keys

When your elderly family member is really good at getting away, you have to get a little more creative. Using keyed deadbolts and keeping the key on you is a good start. You might also consider using locks that blend in more with the door or that are too high on the door for her to reach on her own.

Try an Alarm of Some Sort

Another option is to use an alarm of some sort that sounds when the door or window are open. While you can get this service with an alarm system, you really don’t have to go that route if you don’t want to. You can find simple sensors at the hardware store that sound an alert.

Add a Supervisor

As your elderly family member’s caregiver, you’re busy. In fact, sometimes you might have so much to do that you literally cannot keep eyes on your senior every second of every day. That’s when having someone else to tap in can help a lot. This might be other family members or even elder care providers. This caregiver could give you the peace of mind you need to know your aging family member is safe while you do what needs doing.

Keep ID on Your Senior

You have to be prepared for the eventuality that your elderly family member might still get away from you. In order to do that, make sure that she always has some form of identification on her. That might mean a wallet with ID in her pocket as well as an identification bracelet with her name and your phone number.

The more tools that you put in place to stop the wandering, the more likely you’ll be to have some success.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Pittsford NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)