Alzheimer's Wandering is a growing problem worldwide. Surprisingly, with 60% of all patients diagnosed with Alzheimers will wander, there have not been many studies regarding this topic. What little research out there usually focuses in on the broad statistics and very little on the nitty-gritty facts about the behaviors and trends leading up to an incident.Why is it surprising? Because with the possibility of losing $30,000 dollars for each incident that a facility faces you would think that our industry would be hot on the trail to mitigate risks by learning all that there was to know.
One small study was done in Virginia and while the research population was small it did show some specific things that contribute to the outcome for the patients.
Some of the general findings are :
We are now just getting the recommendations that accompany the HSBC wandering initiative. What this focuses on is very simply ensuring all that are in a facilities care receive Person Centered Services. The following information was taken from the medicaid.gov webinar that answered the questions about what PCS (person-centered services entails and the metrics involved with them).
What is Person Centered Services in regards to Wandering
Wandering is a very common Alzheimer’s disease symptom and a common problem for all those disease at home. Caring for somebody with Alzheimer's who wanders is one of the largest stressors.In accordance with the Alzheimer’s disease Organization, over 60 percent of individuals with dementia display wandering propensities at some stage during their illness, meaning that their houses can be unsafe places for them.