January 2018 Mandatory-ALL STAFF- Prevention of Elopement and Unsafe Wandering

Employee Name *

Today's Date *


The definition of wandering is: *

The state in which an individual with dementia has a wandering behavior that exposes him or her to harm. *

When a resident leaves the nursing facility or unit but was detected by staff. *

An "elopement" has occurred when a resident successfully leaves the nursing facility undetected and unsupervised. *

If a resident was not injured and returned to the nursing home on his or her own before the staff discovered they were missing, this is not counted as an elopement. *

Cognitive impairment is the number one risk factor for wandering. *

From the following list, please select all that can be triggers for wandering. *

A "baby gate" at the top of a staircase is a good idea to prevent a wandering adult from falling down the stairs. *

Painting the floor at the bottom of the staircase a contrasting color or placing a rug there can help prevent a mis-step and fall. *

Wandering can be completely prevented with proper care. *

The most effective way to keep a wandering person safe is: *

According to the Alzheimer's Association, out of every 10 people who have dementia, how many will wander? *

Minimizing long daytime naps can reduce nighttime wandering. *

Doorways, car keys, coats hanging by the door, and cars driving by outside can all be visual cues that could lead to elopement in a wandering individual. *

Although the equipment may be different, measures to prevent unsafe wandering and elopement are used in all care settings. Nursing home, home care, and day programs. *

All nursing center residents will have a "Wandering Assessment" completed when they are admitted. *

Where would a nurse look to see if a resident is allowed to go outside? *

Once the receptionist leaves at 6pm, are resident's still allowed outside? *

If your resident is triggering a Roam Alert at an exit and you are responding. When is it okay to Silence the alarm? *

If a visiting daughter would like to take her mother out to go get ice cream across the street, but you're busy passing medications to escort them to the door, it is okay to whisper the Roam Alert bypass code in her ear so that she can do it herself. *

If a resident cannot be located, which of the following is the appropriate first action to take? *