No one's perfect. One minute you're talking with your loved one and the next minute they've gone missing. It can happen to anyone, we're only human...its next to impossible to keep track of a loved one every second of everyday. If your loved one does go wandering, be prepared and have confidence that they'll be easy to spot or identifiable with contact information by whomever may find them.
Here are some great tips you can use to put your mind at ease:
- Dress your loved one in bright clothing. Think neon pink, neon green, yellow, anything that will make them stand out. A benefit of this is that if you're out driving looking for them you will be able to instantly recognize them based on their attire. Bright clothing is also great if you're going to a crowded place with them.
Temporary Tattoos/Unique ID's
- Using temporary tattoos is a fantastic way to put your anxiety at rest. Try to encourage your loved one to always carry an ID, but realistically this is tricky as your loved one may forget they removed it from their purse or wallet, or purposefully leave it. Temporary tattoos are available to buy in kits and be personalized to include their name, address, your number, your loved one's health status, and any other information you want to include.
- Medical ID jewelry is another great option. Consider a necklace or bracelet with all of your loved one's information included on it.
Increase Physical Activity
- Studies have shown that an increase in physical activity during the day can equal less wandering during the night. Even just a short walk around the neighborhood in the evening can help.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!