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Wandering Behavior

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What are the current strategy and their effectiveness? The consequences of wandering are harmful to the elderly people and may become the cause for death. Therefore, timely management is necessary. There are two methods for the treatment pharmacological and non-pharmacological, but this paper will more focus on non-pharmacological method. The method includes use of subjective barrier, barrier appears only to the people with cognitive impairment and the barrier like: camouflage of doors/doorknobs, mirror, floor stripes, concealment of outer view from the window (Forbes, 2011, pp.38). A study by Robinson et al., (2013, pp.110) reveals the intervention of wandering include multisensory stimulation that is exercise, music, therapeutic touch, aromatic. The result shows that exercise significantly reduced the wandering, therapeutic touch has decreased the…show more content…
A study by Lauriks et al.,(2012, pp.233) reveals that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices identifies thirteen interventions that are focused on wandering behavior of the dementia people. The purpose of this device is to detect the wandering behaviour and timely management for the risk. The examples of (ICT) are Global Positioning System (GPS): to detect the location of a person, wristband that activates the boundary alarms, floor lightning system that are activated with the movement of wandering person, communication system instructing person to return to his bed and alarm alerting the caregiver for wandering behavior of person. The study was completed in residential home, hospital and home settings. The effectiveness of the use of ICT was found to be reliable, effective and successful detecting the wandering, finding the lost person and reduced the stress to the care giver. However, the method is only to detect wandering person but not the treatment but the early detection decreases the risk of fall injury and other injury associated with
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