Is your elderly parent at risk of wandering?

It can be hard to watch your parents get older, especially if they develop a cognitive disorder, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. When making preparations to safeguard their aging, vulnerable parents from injuries when they become reliant on caregivers, Alabama residents need to remember that wandering and getting lost or injured is one of many risks their loved ones can face.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, wandering is far from uncommon for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact, six out of every 10 patients with one of these disorders will wander from their homes or nursing facilities. If this happens to your loved one, he or she risks getting struck by a car, robbed or assaulted, or could suffer from a weather-related injury or illness. People with dementia or Alzheimer’s might not remember their address, phone number or relatives’ contact information and they could get disoriented or lost in minutes, even in a familiar place like the end of their driveway.

You might protect your relative by installing an alarm on the doors and windows, ensuring he or she has identification and keeping your loved one supervised when the disorder is in its advanced stages. Nursing homes are also responsible for taking measures to ensure a resident with dementia can’t wander from the premises unaccompanied by a qualified caregiver. You may be eligible for compensation if your loved one suffered adverse consequences when a nursing home failed to provide adequate supervision. This information is meant to educate you, but it should not replace the advice of a lawyer.

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