Managing the wandering behaviour of people living in a residential aged care facility.
Brent Hodgkinson, Susan Koch, Rhonda Nay, Matthew Lewis
Int J Evid Based Healthc | Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health) | Published : 2007
Background Wandering behaviour is frequently seen in older people with cognitive impairment. The prevalence of patients exhibiting wandering behaviour has been estimated to be 11.6% on traditional units and 52.7% on Alzheimer's units. Wandering is one of the core behavioural characteristics that impact on familial carers and is likely to influence the decision to place a family member in an aged care environment. Considering the possible risks associated with wandering behaviour, the successful identification and management of wandering is essential. Wandering is also a problem for caregivers in the institutionalised setting, in terms of containment, usually being addressed by securing the ..View full abstract