- When carrying out a search make all people assisting aware:
– That shouting the person’s name can make them feel threatened which could prevent them from making themselves known.
– When feeling threatened a person with dementia experiences tunnel vision and will therefore follow a path directly ahead of them. This can lead them into unexpected places such as sheds, alleyways, wooded areas, dense shrubbery or a ditch.
- Once person is found follow general advice, as the right approach is critical in calming the person.
- Adopt a friendly and interesting tone when calling their name. E.g. ‘Ruby come and see this.’