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Betty Norman, BSN, MBA, CPHRM

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.

Gary Tetz

What to do with the wanderer

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.

Elizabeth Newman

Inclement weather is here, and so is increased elopement danger


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.

Drug withdrawals are advised

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.

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.

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