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 :
Robert J. Koester M.S.email@example.comVirginia Department of Emergency ManagementAppalachian Search & Rescue ConferenceThe preliminary findings can be found below with suggestions involving how to improve the search and rescue operations.
These preliminary findings indicate Dementia of Alzheimer’s Type patients generally:
Early use of trackers at point last seen (PLS)