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Preventing those with Dementia from Getting Lost Tip #1: Get Creative with Alarms and Locks

If you're caregiving at home for a loved one living with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, you may worry about them going outside the home and getting lost. Consider gadgets and technology that will alert you that your loved ones are up and about before they leave the home, such as audio and video monitors, floor mat or seat pad alarms, motion sensor alarms (in the home and near the door or driveway) or simple door chime alarms.


Make door handles more difficult to open by using door lever safety locks or doorknob safety covers. Try installing deadbolt locks where they are harder to see — like above eye level or below the “normal” placement.


You may need multiple items in place to attain peace of mind. Just be sure that you can exit in an emergency.


Hope this is helpful! Check out my other tips, here in the AARP online community, about keeping your loved ones safe!


Take care,

Amy Goyer, AARP Family & Caregiving Expert

Author, Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving

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