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3 Ways to Identify Wanderers

By brian barrick
January 21, 2013

There are a few ways to identify a wanderer when you are in the admissions process at an assisted living facility.  The first way is to make sure that you get all of the resident’ medical history by asking the family members or even the previous caregivers.  This is vital information the facility should gather to help protect their new resident by knowing if they can properly care for the resident.
The second way to identify a wanderer when they are being admitted to an assisted living facility is to look for signs that the person might have dementia.  Some of these signs might be poor judgement, mood swings, confusion, and some suspicious behavior from the person.  More than likely, this person is going to be in denial that they have dementia so it is could a little hard for them to accept.
The third way to identify a wanderer when they are being admitted to an assisted living facility is to look for any medications that may cause a person to wander.  This could be just a side effect so it is going to be very easy to fix.
The family of the person is going to need to make sure that the assisted living facility has certain protocols if their family member does wander.  This means that the police and the family is going to need to be called immediately after the person has wandered off.  It is going to need to have security that is going to be trained in how to handle a patient that has wandered off when they are found.  The person is going to need to wear a bracelet, necklace, or key chain that has their name and heir address.

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