Wandering

Wandering residents and elopement prevention

Wandering residents and elopement prevention

Adults with a history of Alzheimer's disease or dementia are at risk for wandering and elopement. Because this could result in an injury or fatality, consider evaluating existing organizational protocols and strategies to prevent elopement or wandering.

What to do with the wanderer

What to do with the wanderer

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My very adorable, but now elderly puppy has developed a serious problem with wandering. The last time, he was almost hit by a truck. It's rather troubling, to say the least. But long-term care providers may have shown me the way.

Inclement weather is here, and so is increased elopement danger

Inclement weather is here, and so is increased elopement danger

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I was fortunate to be able to spend the past week visiting London, which was a good reminder that perception of weather is partially dependent on where you are from, where you live, and whether you have invested in flannel-lined jeans and sock liners. Similarly, the implications of elopement and wandering among long-term care residents have become more serious.

Proposed Life Safety Code updates encourage more homelike environments

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Updated fire safety regulations could encourage more home-like healthcare environments while increasing security to safeguard against wandering, according to a proposed rule announced Monday.

RF Technologies introduces new watch design

RF Technologies introduces new watch design

RF Technologies® has introduced new transmitter designs for use with the Code Alert® Wandering Management Solution watches.

Drug withdrawals are advised

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Providers should be taking most of their dementia residents off antipsychotics — and can generally do so without fear of relapse to dementia-related behaviors — researchers say.

Falsified records mean legal woes for administrator, aide

Falsified records mean legal woes for administrator, aide

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Lying about a wandering resident and foregoing help when lifting a resident were all it took to land a nursing home administrator and a nurse aide in legal trouble.

RF Technologies adds software updates

RF Technologies has released a software update that adds a door loitering alarm and wander event reporting to its Code Alert Wandering Management product. The updates help reduce the risk and liabilities associated with a resident elopement. They do this by warning caregivers when residents are near a monitored exit for a prolonged time. "These software features are an added safety measure to help caregivers respond quickly, spot trends and ultimately, help them provide better care," said Paul Larson, vice president of product development.

GPS shoes under development may help locate wandering Alzheimer's patients

Shoes protect our feet, but who knew they might serve to protect seniors? A sophisticated tracking device in footwear could, one day, help locate wandering Alzheimer's disease patients, according to a news report.

Senate introduces Silver Alert Act; president signs ADA

U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mel Martinez (R-FL) introduced a Senate version of the National Silver Alert Act, which recently passed through the House.

Advancing Excellence campaign receives major grant from Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund has awarded a $474,000 grant to the steering committee of the Advancing Excellence campaign, a two-year campaign that aims to improve care in the nation's nursing homes.

Researchers: Nursing home residents attacking each other more often than expected

Nursing home residents are lashing out at each other verbally, physically and in other ways more often than previously believed, according to Cornell University-based researchers.

Nursing home physical restraint use drops 40%

Nursing home physical restraint use drops 40%

The use of physical restraints on nursing home residents has fallen 40% in recent years, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Tech toys

The nation's top lawmakers are learning more about new monitoring, personal health record and brain fitness technologies for seniors during a special briefing and demonstration today.Senators from the Special Committee on Aging; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Medical Technology Caucus are hosting the event to discuss and explore what type of support is needed to promote technological advances that can help our nation's aging population.