Social ideas are those that do not involve changes to the physical environment or use of technology.
The most helpful things to do will depend on the individual’s situation, their interests and what is available in the local community.
  • Having a routine for the person at risk.
  • Avoiding busy places that are confusing and could cause disorientation.
  • Keeping a record or diary to see if there is a pattern or trigger that leads to situations where the person is more at risk of going missing.
  • Providing companionship.
  • Telling neighbours and local people that work or live at places that your family member may go about the situation so that they understand if the person appears unexpectedly, let them know who to contact.
  • Develop a safety network of people who could help keep a look out and who understand the person’s predicament before an emergency happens. This may be particularly useful if the person at risk lives independently.
  • For children make a plan (that you can practice) before going out about where to meet or what to do in case they get separated or lost.

  • Provide meaningful activities for example gardening, fishing, and cooking that provide interest and social connections regardless of the age of the person.