If you have dementia, or are caring for a person with dementia, Finding Your Way is here to help. On this page, you will find a number of valuable resources to help you or the person you are caring for to live safely in the community. In the three sections below, we will talk about knowing the risks associated with dementia, reducing those risks, and having a plan in case there is an incident.
Anyone who has dementia is at risk of going missing, even in the early stages of the disease. Understanding dementia and its associated risks can help everyone live safely in the community.
Living Safely with dementia doesn't mean keeping people from being active. Learn more about how to balance the risks of living with dementia and enjoying a healthy and safe lifestyle.
The person with dementia you're supporting can go missing no matter how careful you are, and it's not always possible to predict when it might happen. There are ways to lower the chances, like planning ahead. Learn more about being prepared.
60 percent of people with dementia-related memory problems become lost at some point
For many people, getting lost happens without warning. Familiar surroundings may suddenly become strange to them. They get disoriented and are unable to find their way home.
Becoming lost isn’t just distressing; it can be dangerous. Half the people with dementia who go missing for 24 hours end up seriously injured or dead.
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Having dementia presents challenges, but there are things you can do to manage the risks. Below we will talk about a few things you can do to stay safe at home and in the community.
Consider living arrangements – is the person living on their own, with family or with a partner?
Consider the physical space:
Consider physical health:
Reduce the risk of becoming lost:
Reduce the risk of becoming injured:
Investigate transportation options:
Stay active socially:
Enjoy everyday activities:
Be open to receiving support:
Finding Your Way offers a number of resources to help caregivers and people with dementia to have a plan in case of an incident. If a person becomes lost or goes missing, our Identification Kit ensures that you have important information on hand for police or first responders. We also have checklists that outline the steps you should follow if an incident takes place.