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Memory care, safety and exit-seeking behaviors

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Marie Nicholson, Sunnyside Meadows Memory CareOne of the characteristic symptoms of dementia is "exit-seeking" behaviors. Many with dementia are restless and just need more activity. Most are seeking to go to a home that no longer exists, like their parents' home. They may pack their belongings daily to leave. Memory care communities create action plans to locate a missing person. The exits are secure with codes to enter and exit. Staff is always on watch to redirect to activities.

Of all the dementia-related behaviors, it's understandable that exit-seeking behaviors cause everyone a huge amount of stress. Calling the police to assist, sooner than later, is advised when someone goes missing. Keep a current photo available for ID. Private homes require constant vigilance, 24 hours a day. Doors and windows can be alarmed. Some families use surveillance cameras to watch, but it only takes a few minutes to evade cameras. Sunnyside Meadows is a memory care community with caring staff, especially trained to identify residents who are at risk for wandering and to intervene when necessary. Staff might gently distract wandering residents by asking them to help with common chores. The neighborhood layout allows for constant wandering without being lost and patios to go safely outside.

Every person deserves to feel loved and valued, safe and secure. At Sunnyside Meadows, we provide residents with loving, 24-hour specialized care from trained staff. Ease your mind and schedule a tour to see for yourself at Sunnyside Meadows by calling Marie Nicholson at 503-878-8550 today.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care


12195 SE 117th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086