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MedicAlert® Safely Home® and wandering

What is wandering?

"Wandering” refers to a variety of behaviours that may result in people with dementia becoming lost or having their safety at risk.

Even if a place is familiar, dementia can cause a person to become disoriented and unable to find their way home. It is important to remember that no one thing is going to ensure the safety of a person with dementia. Multiple strategies are recommended.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. can assist people with dementia and their families to explore a variety of practical strategies to minimize the risk of wandering and to be prepared if wandering does occur.

Learn more about wandering.

MedicAlert® Safely Home®


The Alzheimer Society of Canada has partnered with the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation to improve the Safely Home program, incorporating the best features of both SafelyHome and MedicAlert services.

MedicAlert® Safely Home® is a nationwide program designed to help identify the person who is lost and assist in a safe return home.

Members receive an engraved identification, which allows police and emergency responders to quickly identify the person who has wandered and bring the family back together.

Call 1-855-581-3794:
To register for MedicAlert® Safely Home®.
To update your existing record.
For more information.

Visit here for more information about the MedicAlert® Safely Home® program and to download the registration form.

Wandering package tools

Identification Kit (PDF)
Tips for Police (PDF)
Disorientation and Dementia (PDF)
Wandering Information Kit (PDF)
Locating Devices (PDF)

Last Updated: 12/16/16
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