I am writing today to talk about something that is very close to my heart – dementia.

My mother, Lillian, was diagnosed with dementia 5 years ago, and like other people with a family member living with this disease, I worry about her safety and wellbeing every day.

It would break my heart if my mom wandered from the safety of her nursing unit. This urge to wander is truly one of the scariest elements of dementia – for patients, their families and caregivers. It is very concerning for nurses when patients at-risk of wandering silently linger near the exits as they need to be immediately redirected from the doors – there is a unique solution!

Today, you can help Eagle Ridge Hospital keep dementia patients safe. Please help us purchase a wander guard security system and artistic camouflage for this special nursing unit’s exit doors to keep dementia patients, like my mother, safe.

The wander guard system will send an alert to nurses when patients (wearing special security bracelets) approach the exits. Additionally, exit doors will be artistically hidden or camouflaged as paintings such as library shelves. This special exit door camouflage has been proven to help reduce worrisome wandering behaviours, lower patient anxiety and create a calmer more pleasant environment for dementia patients.

I’ll do whatever I can to ensure my mother feels the same sense of calmness and safety she knew prior to her disease.

Please join me as a donor and help bring comfort and safety to all our patients staying at Eagle Ridge Hospital and living with dementia.

Yours most sincerely,

Charlene Giovannetti-King
Loving Daughter & Executive Director
Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation