German nursing home plays a trick to keep alheimers patients from wandering off.

@saundyl (9686)
Canada
July 10, 2008 3:53pm CST
I found this article about a German Nursing home "playing a trick" on their patients so they don't wander off. They have set up a replica of a bus stop out in front of the nursing home. Patients trying to leave to go home will stand and wait there rather than trying to walk home and getting confused. http://news.yahoo.com/s/uc/20080629/od_notw/nwx080629xml;_ylt=Aq0Ef5fYsugCqkQuIenSx743AIZ4
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
10 Jul 08
That is rather intelligent of those nursing home people Better to have them waiting for a non-existant bus than simply wandering off and getting lost!
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
10 Jul 08
I agree. I ment to put What do you guys think of this at the end of my original post but i forgot!
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
10 Jul 08
From the looks of the replies, I guess you didn't need to add it
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
11 Jul 08
Awesome people read my mind!
@Phlamingho (7831)
• Denmark
10 Jul 08
LOL that's strange, because a danish nursing home did this about a year ago - either the writer of the articles got germany and denmark mixed up, or maybe the germans just got inspired :D
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
10 Jul 08
Oh neat! It could be a case that they read the article about the other and decided it was a good idea
• United States
10 Jul 08
I am not sure if I should laugh or cry after reading this. I am scheduled for an Alzheimer's examination in August and hope no one has to do this to me. I am also reminded of reading about a small town that didn't have the money for another police cruiser to monitor speeding from out-of-towners, so they built a mock cruiser and posted it where it could be seen by travelers. It cut down on the speeding vehicles coming into their town. Go figure!
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
10 Jul 08
I hope your examination goes well! I think thats neat about the cruiser I wonder where its at! People seem to be easily deceived in that respect
• Canada
10 Jul 08
That's one way of keeping them in a good place. I worked at a nursing home once that had a code o get out. I punched out, and one of the dementia residets followed me. I had to catch her, and call the home on my cellphone to come and get her.
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
10 Jul 08
That would be scary! I know the nursing home in town has a few patients that used to wander. They have them wear bracelets with sensors in so the doors lock when they go near them.
@hellcowboy (7380)
• United States
17 Aug 08
That sounds like a good idea to keep the patients from trying to walk home and getting confused and lost,even though it is kind of mean to set up a fake bus stop to get the patients to stand there like they are waiting for a bus,because it is deceiving them,and you think the staff at the nursing home would want to be honest with their patients.
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@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
12 Aug 08
That is such a great idea! My grandmother had Alzheimer's, and I wish the nursing home where she stayed would have done this. Talk about creative!