It can be terrifying for your elderly loved one to suddenly realize that she doesn’t know where she is. Even if this is something that only happens now and again to your loved one, it’s worth it to try to look for solutions that help her.
Talk to Her Doctor
Frequently finding herself in situations in which she doesn’t know where she is can be a sign that something else is going on with your elderly loved one. We all get lost from time to time, but your loved one shouldn’t be feeling lost in familiar surroundings. Talk to her doctor and determine if there is something else going on for your loved one. From there you can move on to possible solutions or to other techniques to help her stay aware of her surroundings.
Avoid Taking New Routes to Familiar Locations
When you’re traveling with your loved one to locations that are familiar to her, avoid taking the scenic route or a new route. Doing so can confuse your loved one before she even arrives at the familiar destination, making her uncomfortable and disoriented. During the trip, point out familiar landmarks that help your loved one feel comfortable with the trip.
Gently Remind Your Loved One Where She’s Going and Where She Is
During trips, or even when your loved one is somewhere that might be more unusual for her, such as a new doctor’s office, gently remind your loved one what you’re both doing there and where you are. If she’s not having any problem keeping track of where she is, you may only need to do this once. For days where this is more difficult for her, a few reminders may be in order.
Use a Notepad to Help Out
You can also try having your loved one keep a notepad with her. In the notepad, you or she can write down where she’s going and what she’s going to be doing while she’s there. As your loved one becomes more accustomed to having the notebook with her, she can start remembering to check her notes if she starts to feel disoriented about where she is or why she’s there.
An elder care provider can help you to determine what other steps and tips can help your loved one avoid losing track of where she is.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Goodyear, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.