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While not all wandering is unsafe, caregivers in the long term care setting must understand that the potential for harm from a resident's wandering is ever present. These caregivers must maintain constant vigilance over their wards, taking every precaution to prevent unsafe wandering. Further, they must know what to do in case a resident wanders or elopes from the facility and what to do once the resident is found.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    This course is designed to provide caregivers in the long term care setting with an overview of the skills necessary to provide accurate assessment of residents in their care, and the skills necessary to prevent residents from participating in behaviors that can lead to unsafe wandering, how to intervene when unsafe wandering is recognized, and what to do if a resident wanders away from his/her room or facility.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Understanding Wandering and Elopement
  • Nursing Precautions: How to Prevent Unsafe Wandering
  • Implementing Wandering Prevention Strategies
  • Addressing Underlying Triggers to Wandering Behaviors
  • Using Electronic Methods of Intervention
  • What to Do When a Resident is Missing
  • What to Do When the Resident is Found
  • ConclusionPURPOSE AND

    This program is designed to provide caregivers in the long term care setting with an overview of the skills necessary to accurately assess at-risk behavior in residents as a means to keep residents from participating in unsafe wandering.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define the terms "wandering" and "elopement".
  • Determine the difference between safe and unsafe wandering.
  • Identify triggers of unsafe wandering.
  • Assess new residents for at-risk behaviors.
  • Describe the importance of periodic and ongoing reassessment.
  • Identify wandering prevention strategies.
  • Discuss the importance of electronic methods of intervention.
  • Discuss the steps to take when a resident is missing.
  • Discuss the steps to take when that resident is found.

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