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Keywords

caregiver education, dementia, missing incidents, wandering

 

Authors

  1. Rowe, Meredeth A. PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
  2. Greenblum, Catherine A. PhD, RN, FNP-BC
  3. D'Aoust, Rita F. PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FNAP

Abstract

Overview: At every stage of dementia, people with the condition are at risk for both missing incidents, in which they are unattended and unable to navigate a safe return to their caregiver, and "wandering," a term often used to describe repetitive locomotion with patterns such as lapping or pacing. By understanding the differences between these two phenomena, nurses can teach caregivers how to anticipate and prevent missing incidents, which are not necessarily related to wandering. The authors differentiate missing incidents from wandering, describe personal characteristics that may influence the outcomes in missing incidents, and suggest strategies for preventing and responding to missing incidents.