Wandering and elopement are common behaviors seen in Alzheimer’s and
other types of dementia. Due to the nature of the disease process, often
judgment and reasoning are impaired, making it critical that the
environment meet the needs of the resident by providing a safe and
secure setting that allows for the residents independent mobility.
Did You Know?
- Nationwide, researchers estimate that 34,000 Alzheimer’s patients wander each year.
- Thirty percent made it more than two miles before they were found, with 15 percent wandering more than 20 miles.
- In 80% of cases, the resident was a known wanderer with prior elopements.