How to make your home "Silver Alert" safe when a loved one has Alzheimer’s
It is inconceivable to imagine the heartbreak of a loved one gone missing, but without taking Alzheimer’s safety precautions in the home, this is all too often what happens. Most of us are aware of Amber Alert, the child abduction alert bulletin used throughout the US. Enacted after the 1996 abduction and murder of 9 year old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas, the system was devised to solicit help from the public in quickly finding a missing child.
Less media attention has been given to the Silver Alert system, created for the quick recovery of missing adults, usually those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Six in 10 people with dementia will leave their home during the course of their disease, often referred to as wandering, unable to return safely on their own. A frightening statistic shows that unless that person is found within 24 hours, half will suffer serious injury or even death.
The Silver Alert system, as with Amber Alert, notifies the public via television, radio and roadside electronic billboards. But there are many Alzheimer’s safety steps you can take to prevent wandering to begin with. Spring Hills Home Care Services, a division of Spring Hills Senior Communities, offers these Alzheimer’s safety awareness suggestions for caregivers of the elderly with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and being cared for at home:
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