My mom has Alzheimer's. Probably around stage 6. To make a long story short, she wanders all the time. She is obsessed with going over to our local post office to check the mail, although I took the key away from her several months ago. I have locks on the doors and windows which I can unlock but she cannot. I'm not sure that is the right thing to do either. I also have become a prisoner in my own home. When she finds out that she cannot get outside she becomes very angry and somewhat agressive.
If she does manage to get out; sometimes I forget to set locks, sometimes she will go out an unlocked window because I don't have the ones high off the ground locked. She will get lost and not be able to find her way home but not always. We live in a very small town where everyone knows her but I'm not sure that makes it any safer. Anyone out there experiencing something similiar and what did you do about it? I've considered putting mom in a memory care unit but haven't been emotionally able to do it yet.