Comfort in Knowing Safe Return Can Help in Home Care Agencies

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How would you feel to wake up in the middle of the night and find your loved one missing? You don’t know where he is, and you cannot find him.

Finally, you call the police, family members, The Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return Program, and friends to help search for him and pray that he will be found safe and unharmed.

Sometimes, missing loved ones are found safe; but sometimes they are found hurt and battered and cannot explain how they were hurt or what is hurting them. They can’t remember why they left, or where they were trying to go.

This can become your worst nightmare, especially if they end up in the hospital and are unable to communicate with the doctors and nurses who sometimes seem insensitive to your loved one’s needs.

Your personal concerns grow: How could this have happened? What could you have done differently? How can you keep them safe? No matter what we do, we cannot watch them every minute of the day – 24/7. We need support from family, friends and organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association.

I’m sure you may say: “What can I do? My family works, and I don’t have the time needed.” My friends want to help, but they are too busy or afraid of my loved one and don’t know what to do. You think you are too busy for support groups or any other organization that might be able to assist. How would they know your needs anyway? They may advise you to place the person with Alzheimer’s in a nursing home, but that is not what you want to do. You feel that no one will care for him like you will. The nursing home is not like being at home. There are too many patients and not enough staff. Also, what about the cost, when you are already loaded down with lots of bills and a mortgage.

You feel all alone and that no one understands what you are going through. But remember: We all go through something-maybe not the same thing because every situation is unique, with different needs, but we all face challenges. In this case, there is help-if you will only seek it.

Start with the Alzheimer’s Association, or join a support group. You will not believe the amount of information and assistance you can receive. What do you have to lose? Call today; gain from my experience.

Otelia Spivey

Mrs. Spivey wrote this article as she sat by her husband’s bed after he wandered off during the night. After many hours, and thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Safe Return Program, Mr. Spivey was reunited with his family and taken to the hospital for medical attention.

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