Wandering Behaviour in Aged Care Settings
Nurses who work with elderly people are familiar with individuals in residential care who are described as ‘wanderers.’ Episodes of wandering that result in a person being lost or injured are a common cause of admission to residential care, and care givers around the world have identified wandering as a significant cause of stress to staff and families. This chapter provides a basic insight into this complex phenomenon, how it can be effectively assessed and suggests a range of management options that can significantly reduce risk to the person wandering and reduce the level of stress to those caring for them.
- Defining wandering
- Persons who wander
- The importance of a wandering history
- Assessing factors that influence wandering
- Observing wandering