I want to take some time to write about a very important subject. Alzheimers disease. So many talk about Alzheimers awareness. I rarely hear about the safety and security of caring for an Alzheimers patient.
I was watching Maria Shrivers award winning 2009 documentary "The Alzheimers Project" and was inspired to write this blog. Since we provide security for people and businesses, I want to lend my "expertise" and hopefully shine a light on the subject of Safety and Security for Alzheimers patients.
This blog will include information taken from protocols and procedures that I have written (both proprietary and industry standards) and information provided by organizations such as:
- Alzheimers Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
- Alzheimers Associaion - Children of Aging Parents
- Alzheimers Foundation of America - Elder Locator
- Ageess Design - Family Caregiver Alliance
- American Red Cross - Well Spouse Association
- Alzheimers Statistics - U.S. Dept of Health and Human
- D.A.D. Protection Services
This blog will be written in a four part series:
1) An introduction to Alzheimers and Basic Safety Concerns.
2) Safety and Security for the Alzheimers Patient
3) Emergency Procedures for the Alzheimers Patient during a Crisis
It is said that approximately 36 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimers disease which results in costs of 605 billion dollars in care. Alzheimers causes the patients memory and critical thinking skills to be erased. There is no predictability to who will be inflicted by Alzheimers since it affects people of all racial, social and geographic backgrounds.
Alzheimers is an irreversible disease and is the leading cause of dementia. Alzhemeirs is a very challenging disease, not only for the patient, but for the caregiver as well. That is why knowledge, prevention and preparation is vital!
As Alzheimers progresses and the patient becomes increasingly unable to care for themselves, we have to be prepared for their unstable behavior and inability to function with day to day tasks.
Accidents can and will happen. The caregiver should always Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the best. One way to do this is to consistently check the safety of the patients environment. This will eliminate potential hazards.
This brings in the question if the patient needs 24 hour care or not.The following questions should be asked to see if a patient is unable to care for themselves:
1) Do they have the potential to wander and become confused?
2) Do they know how to use the telephone and what numbers to call for certain situations.
3) Does their mood change when left alone?
4) prepare meals by themselves?
These are important questions to ask when deciding if an Alzheimers patient can care for themselves. Caring for an Alzheimers patient is very challenging. In part 2 of this blog, I will discuss the Safety and Security for Alzheimers Patients and ways to prevent hazardous environments. See you next time!
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I received a call yesterday from a lady who lives in Maryland. She wanted to know the role of a "Bodyguard" when with a client. She asked about procedures and protocols.
She was most concerned about how a "Bodyguard" handles himself when someone wants to get "close" to a client and how do we prepare to protect a client.
I explained that prior to a protection detail, I sit with the client and and go over the needs and expectations of the client. We do a full risk assessment of the clients itinerary and property.
Depending on the threat level of the client (A-list Celebrity, CEO of a Pharmaceutical Company with death threats from an Activist Group, etc.) we set up a customized program to prevent any attacks.
The most important job in protecting a client is to be prepared. There must be complete advance work. Advance work is studying all stops of the clients itinerary. This includes alternative routes, building layouts, monitoring traffic, weather and emergency conditions in real time, studying crime patterns of the location, etc. I usually spend 2 hours of advance work for every 30 minutes of client travel!
I prepare all of this information using the latest technology (Google Earth, Media outlets, 3D site layout, etc.) every morning and put the information into a comprehensive intelligence briefing folder for each agent to study and refer back to. When issuing the brief to the "team," we go over every detail and scenario that may possibly come up so everyone is prepared.
When out with the client, our primary concern is client safety. Obviously if the client is a well known actor, there is paparazzi and fans who want to speak with the client and get an autograph or picture, or both, with the client. Usually the client tells us "No disruptions today" or we let the client decide if they want to engage the public. If the client does not want to engage the public, protocol is, they just keep moving and that is our sign to "close in" on the client and prevent the public from getting to close to them. Obviously, we do this in a manner that exhibits respect, low key with a smile on our face to the public and in a gentle demeanor.
If the client decides to engage the public, we give the client and the public their space, yet being within arms reach of the client. We watch the public's demeanor and watch their hands very closely. A good agent can "read' someones demeanor and prevent their actions by stepping between them and the client or simply moving the client behind a barrier (wall, vehicle, bench, etc.) Like I said, a good agent will anticipate danger, identify it and make the necessary adjustments to have business continuity for the client.
I hope this gives you insight into what the basics of an Executive Protection agent does on a daily basis. Obviously, there is so much more that we do, but that information is proprietary and client safety protected.
D.A.D. Protection Services provides Executive Protection Beverly Hills, Executive Protection Malibu and Malibu Bodyguard Service.
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