Exit-seeking is a common behavior for people with dementia. Specifically, those in the early stage or who have recently moved into a facility. They might be very verbal about “getting out” or needing to go home because they know their house is going up for sale and they need to put a stop to it. Or they may simply be trying to find familiar surroundings.
Here a few tips to help keep the person safe:
If the person is living in a facility; learn the history and what might trigger the need for elopement
Validate what they are saying and take time to discuss the persons feeling
Understand the motivation for wanting to leave
Distract and Redirect
Caregivers should avoid making it known when they are leaving because that might be a good idea to the person with dementia as well
Consider a Dementia alert ID bracelet for those who have the potential of elopement