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This Week's Carenote - 2/24/15


I share a live-in shift with two other caregivers and we take care of an 87-year-old woman who lives in her home and has Alzheimer's. She has a very high level of anxiety and does not like to be left alone for a minute. Another symptom of her anxiety is that she visits her refrigerator constantly looking for snacks to eat. We are very careful not to buy her any snacks like cake, cookies or ice cream, but buy her healthy snacks instead. We deal with the issue of her getting two or three snacks consecutively, but that is not the biggest problem.

We have caught her going into her freezer attempting to eat frozen meats and fish. We are very diligent about following her into the kitchen, but on occasion, have missed these incidents. We have discussed them with her family and we are trying to come up with a solution. The family does not want to put a lock on her freezer because they feel that she will become extremely combative and agitated. Can you give me any suggestions? Please help!

Lake Worth, FL


Shared by: James

You could try putting an alarm on the freezer. Either a flashing light or buzzer could alert you to her intrusions.

Shared by: Doreen

Let her eat the sweets she craves. At this point her general health is immaterial. She probably keeps looking for food because that is what she wants. Who are we to take this job away from her.

Shared by: Randall

You could cover the freezer with contact paper "a wrap" so it looks like an aquarium or a window. Home Depot sells these items to cover windows AND I think they can be special ordered or Auto Detail businesses have them.

Shared by: Bette
Delco, PA

How about her family buying a small freezer to put in the basement or garage, which will be the ONLY place her frozen food would be stored? Or maybe, each family member in the area could take a couple of items home with them, to be stored on THEIR freezers, to be brought back on an as-needed basis?


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