Mom wonders away at 88 yrs old.
Mom is now 88 and her dementia has become so bad that it is now un-safe living in an Assisted Living Facility.
Aricept is the medication she is on and it peaks then drops low and there is nothing they can give her now.
On Christmas Day she wondered away from her facility and got lost, on a very cold and wintery day. The local police found her and took her to the station and she knew her name and S.S. # and birthday and even gave them an address (from where she had lived 4 yrs prior). So they took her there to find out that the family living there had bought the house from her 4yrs. ago. So the policeman took her back to the station.
The wifes of the officers had brought in food for them and so Mom enjoyed pie (her favorite) and coffee and had quite a good time chatting, while they searched for where she belonged. They located it and took her back. Thank God we have such attentive policemen here.
From this I learned about a program they have called Project Lifesaver. It is a bracelet that you wear on your wrist or ankle that has your pertinent information in and is water proof and you cannot remove it. Well should not...cause then it costs 300.00 to replace. First time cost is 50.00.
The battery has to be checked dailey and once a month the police come and change the battery.
She has wondered off 2 times since the first time, so today I took her in and we had the bracelet put on her ankle (she didn't want it to show). Now if she should wonder away they can track her quickly...anywhere...anytime....I just am so relieved to know this and wanted to pass it on.
Also am going through the search for a place to move her where she is safer. That is another story. G-Ma :o)