Coping with Rummaging
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may start rummaging or searching through cabinets, drawers, closets, the refrigerator, and other places where things are stored. He or she also may hide items around the house. This behavior can be annoying or even dangerous for the person, caregiver, or family members.
Here are some tips to help cope with this behavior:
- Keep the person with Alzheimer’s from going into unused rooms. This limits his or her rummaging through and hiding things.
- Search the house to learn where the person often hides things. Once you find these places, check them often, out of sight of the person.
- Keep all trash cans covered or out of sight. People with Alzheimer’s may not remember the purpose of the container and may rummage through it.
- Check trash containers before you empty them, in case something has been hidden there or thrown away by accident.
Learn more about rummaging and hiding in Alzheimer’s disease.