A recent news article in a local city paper described new methods that are being used to help locate vulnerable adults who may become lost and go missing. Summer news stories covered a missing autistic man who wandered alone for a week before being found in dire condition. Other news stories report elders who drive off in their cars and are never located.
Those at risk for wandering away include people with dementia like Alzheimer’s disease, people with autism and people with brain injuries among other conditions. These people are at risk for complications related to falls and injuries, hypo and hyperthermia and going without needed medications for an extended period of time.
As the change of seasons is upon us and winter weather is approaching it is essential to have steps in place to minimize the chance that a vulnerable adult or elder goes missing or has potential to be outside unprotected from the elements. Numerous options aid in finding a missing person with one of the latest being GPS tracking devices in the form of bracelets that allow a search to quickly hone in on the location of someone who is missing. These programs are being implemented in counties throughout the country. GPS devices that can be placed on vehicles are another option for those who are high functioning but at risk and are still driving. Additional means that do not find a missing person but help assure prompt medical treatment and or identification and quick return once that person is found include Medical Alert and Safe Return programs.
For assistance in determining the best options to help assure the vulnerable adult in your life remains safe and secure, please call Matrix AdvoCare Network at 952-525-0505 or visit our website at www.matrixadvocare.com