Dementia and Alzheimer's are thieves in the night. Each day, your loved one is going wake up missing just a little bit more of themselves. It's hard on you as a family member and/or caregiver. It's hard on your loved one because when they have lucid moments, they are going to realize what they've lost. Eventually, your loved one is going to get to a point where it might be unsafe to keep them in your home, and it will be time to find a memory care facility for them to live in. There are a number of ways that a memory care center can help keep your loved one safe.
One way that the memory care center can help to keep your loved one safe is with RFID tags. These tags can be placed in ID cards, pins, necklaces, or bracelets that your loved one can wear every day. They can also be placed on a walker or wheelchair. The way that these tags can keep your loved one safe is to trigger sensors that can help keep your loved one from going places where they could get hurt. For example, the sensors can be placed on exterior doors. When the sensor detects the tag, it will trigger door locks which can keep the door from opening. People who have memory illnesses often wander, which can cause them to get lost. The tags locking the doors will keep them safely indoors. However, the tags can be overridden by employees, which will let your loved one evacuate the building in an emergency or to go outside, under appropriate supervision, to enjoy the weather.
Another way that the memory care center can help keep your loved one safe is that they can put fall alarms on them so that if they fall, everyone will know, and the medical staff can head to your loved one and help them and give them the treatment that they need. These fall alarms can be placed on mats that would go under the sheets and above the mattress so that if your loved one falls off the bed, the alarm will sound.
Illnesses that affect memory can be really hard on you and your loved one. One thing that makes it so hard is that your loved one can be unsafe without even realizing it. A memory care center can help keep your family member safe when it gets to that point.