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Developing the Right Evacuation Plan for an Alzheimer’s Patient

Alzheimer’s Care in Alice, TX – Develop an Action Plan Now for Emergencies Before They Happen

Providing Alzheimer’s care can certainly pose a number of challenges. Even finding the right Alzheimer’s care provider may seem like a difficult challenge, especially if you don’t know what to look for. Experience is certainly going to be helpful, and while you as a family member might believe it’s best to wait, especially considering the individual is still fully functional and capable of taking care of themselves, being proactive offers the best long-term outlook with regard to this devastating disease.

No matter what type of Alzheimer’s care your loved one requires at this time, it’s a good idea to consider an evacuation plan for certain types of emergency situations. It could be a fire that breaks out in the house, a major weather event, or some other natural disaster that forces the individual from home.

Alzheimer’s patients may be at an increased risk of wandering off and that can be potentially lethal. No matter what time of the year it is, an elderly individual who wanders off, gets lost, and can’t figure out where they are, can panic and make even more dramatic mistakes. In the winter, the opportunity to recover from those types of mistakes decreases, especially as a temperature drops.

In the event that the Alzheimer’s patient needs to get out of the house in an emergency situation, it’s best to have a plan in place for the Alzheimer’s care provider as well as the patient’s family members.

Know where to go.

Have a designated place where the Alzheimer’s patient will be taken in order to be safe. It is certainly going to depend on a few factors, but most communities have local shelters or buildings that become shelters on a consistent basis.

Pick one designated area where the Alzheimer’s patient will go in certain situations. For example, if it is a mandatory evacuation due to weather related issues or a natural disaster, choose a shelter that would be safe. In the event of a fire at the house, choose a location where the family members or friends would be able to find the individual.

In most cases, there won’t need to be any reason to evacuate, but if there is, it’s essential to be proactive and have some type of plan in place. This is just the basic core of the plan, the first step.

The more you begin to think about different scenarios, the more you’ll realize what to plan for. An Alzheimer’s patient could complicate an evacuation, depending on the symptoms that they have at that time related to the disease. Be proactive and create a plan that will keep the individual and the Alzheimer’s care provider safe.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of Alzheimer’s care in Alice, TX, contact the caregivers at Del Cielo Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call 361-237-3131 for more information.

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Andres Elizondo

Andres Elizondo II is the Owner of Del Cielo Home Care Services, LLC. Del Cielo Home Care offers a variety of home health services to patients throughout South Texas. Del Cielo strives to deliver the best, most efficient homecare for patients. Collaborating with each patient's physician, Del Cielo care teams provide specialized care in the comfort of a patient's home. Care may include nursing care, special therapy or assistance with personal care.