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.
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