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A supervised walking program to reduce risky wandering: A feasibility study

Dr Margaret MacAndrew, Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Dr Elaine Fielding
Research Centre DCRC Carers and Consumers
Partner Institution QUT
Project Description

In residential aged care (RAC), wandering behaviour is common and is reported by carers to be challenging to manage due to its association with negative outcomes including: malnutrition and dehydration, falls and injuries, entry into hazardous and potential life threatening situations and accidental exit from a safe environment.

There is currently little evidence guiding best practice for the care of people with dementia who wander in RAC. Based on what is known about dementia-related wandering, this project will explore the feasibility of taking residents with dementia who are known to wander on a 30 minute walk, 5 days per week for 3 weeks. The aim of the intervention is to reduce risky aspects of wandering while promoting safe walking.  This project is part of a program of research that will guide the development of an evidence based protocol to reduce risky aspects of wandering in RAC. 

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