For caregivers dealing with residents who have Sundowner’s syndrome, the end of the day can be a difficult and trying time. This common disorder has been a subject of increasing research, with doctors hoping to figure out the exact cause of Sundowner’s syndrome and why it does not impact all assisted living residents with dementia.

What’s especially worrying about Sundowner’s syndrome is it can lead residents to wander, sparking added concern for senior facilities.

What is Sundowner’s syndrome?
It’s a condition often affecting those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. The name describes the approximate time when symptoms begin appearing — when the sun goes down.

Sundowning symptoms:

  • Distress and confusion
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Restlessness

At this time of day, affected people experience increased agitation and memory loss. They may become angry or confused along with exhibiting signs of distress or aggression.

Sundowner’s Syndrome and Wandering Seniors
Wandering is arguably the most serious concern for those suffering from Sundowner’s syndrome. When a senior with dementia wanders from their room, they may not be able to find their way back, especially when they are experiencing several other symptoms that may be frustrating or confusing.

Senior care facility staff know this can be a danger for their residents. They try to keep residents with dementia in closely monitored areas. But they don’t want these residents to feel as though they’re on lockdown or alarm their families. How can you manage this tendency to wander while giving residents their freedom?

Resident security platforms help assisted living communities empower residents with a feeling of control and freedom while ensuring their safety and security. These systems: monitor wandering residents or high-risk patients, while maintaining their dignity to move freely about a facility; secure or lock and alarm specific doors if a resident attempts to leave; track the exact location of a wander prone patient or resident, and create rules to automatically trigger alert or alarm notifications to staff.

Resident Safety in a Senior Care Environment
Providing the ability for residents with dementia to maintain their dignity and some self-sufficiency while also ensuring their safety is the primary goal of wander management technology. Contact SIGNET Solutions Architect Bryan Small for a demo of our solution.

Contact SIGNET Solutions Architect Bryan Small, for a demo of our solution.

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