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Many people think that dementia and Alzheimer's disease are one and the same thing. "Dementia" is an umbrella term which refers to a group of disorders in the brain. One of these disorders is Alzheimer's disease.
To put it more simply, Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common types of dementia. There are other forms of dementia as well such as Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. In any case, these illnesses mentioned get worse over time, with symptoms and behavioral changes differing from one another.
One of the common behaviors among Alzheimer's disease patients is wandering. If the patient can still stand and walk on his or her own, he or she will have the tendency to wander.
Wandering is one of the most dangerous behaviors among patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. A patient who wanders outside alone may become easily lost, confused, and disoriented. They may not remember their own names or where they presently live, or how they got where they are. A wandering patient will be at high risk of accidents, extreme weather conditions, acts of cruelty from other people, or other safety risks. They may die if they wander from home from any of these risks if they are not prevented.
Wandering can also affect the lives of the patient's families. They may experience fear, anxiety, and dread which can be stressful to deal with. They may not function in their usual tasks as normally as they used to. The nagging thoughts of "what if grandpa is involved in an accident" or "what if dad is picked on by bad guys" may constantly fill their heads. These thoughts would cause them to become restless and paranoid. They may also experience sleepless nights.
With the endless search for their lost senior loved one, along with constant contact with other relatives and the police, the lives of these grief-stricken families will become stressful and dramatically altered moving forward.
An anti-wandering door alarm for Alzheimer's disease patients
Wandering by an Alzheimer's patient is one of the most heartbreaking plights that any family may endure. But fortunately, this behavior can be prevented with the help of various anti-wandering products and solutions.
One of these recommended products is the anti-wandering door alarm for Alzheimer's patients. This device prevents an elderly loved one from leaving his or her home without someone being aware of it. It can also be used in nursing care facilities to prevent a resident from leaving a designated room or area.
How does it work?
An anti-wandering door alarm usually consists of a door monitor bar and a wristband, which is worn by the patient or resident. The door monitor bar usually consists of a magnetic strip and placed on the wall beside the door, while the wristband has the small transmitter.
When the patient approaches the doorway, the transmitter in his or her wristband triggers the door bar's magnetic strip. The door bar then will flash and sound an alarm. The caregiver arrives and then silences the alarm by resetting the button before attending to the patient's needs.
There are some anti-wandering door alarm systems which include a "caregiver key," which the caregiver or health care staff uses to silence the door bar alarm.
Here are the common components that make up an anti-wandering system for door alarms for dementia
1) Anti-Wandering Door Monitor Bar
The component which gives an alert by producing an audible sound and flash as the patient nears the doorway.
2) Patient Wristband Transmitter
This is worn by the patient at home or by a resident in a nursing care. It consists of a small transmitter. When the patient approaches the doorway, the transmitter triggers the door monitor bar which then flashes warning lights and sounds an audible alarm.
3) Magnetic Contact Switch
This is used for anti-wandering door exit alarm systems.
4) Wireless Anti-Wandering Door Exit Alarm Reset Button
The wireless reset button can be installed up to 40' from the system it is being used to reset. It allows the caregiver to quickly silence the alarm and respond to the patient's needs.
5) Wired Anti-Wandering Door Exit Alarm System Reset Keypad
Another option of silencing the alarm emitted by the Anti-Wandering Door Monitor Bar, this component allows the caregiver to quickly reset the alarm right at the door being monitored.
You may also want to buy the complete Anti-Wandering Single Door Alarm System where all the essential parts and components are grouped together in one package.
With the anti-wandering door alarms, you no longer have to worry about your elderly loved one wandering out of your home or nursing care. It is specifically designed to help the caregivers and nursing staff in keeping Alzheimer's patients safe 24/7. It also alerts the caregivers for assistance.