Understanding Wandering and Elopement Self-Paced

Understanding Wandering and Elopement Self-Paced 

Many residents living with some form of dementia may wander or even attempt to leave a nursing facility, assisted living facility (ALF), or other type of post-acute care setting. These behaviors may be dangerous because residents who are cognitively impaired may be unable to protect themselves. This course will explain the difference between wandering and elopement and the stages of Alzheimer’s dementia. Finally, this course will present facility strategies to minimize wandering and elopement. The goal of this course is to provide non-licensed direct care staff in post-acute care settings with knowledge related to wandering and elopement.


Hours: 0.75


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-UWE-R1
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Distinguish between wandering and elopement.
Describe three strategies to minimize wandering and elopement.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Recognizing Wandering and Elopement


Dangers of Wandering




Section 3: Dementia’s Impact

Alzheimer’s Disease



Section 4: Managing the Behavior

Following the Care Plan



Section 5: Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1

Question #2

Question #3

Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributor


Instructor: Kim Matthews, RN
Kimberly Matthews, RN obtained a nursing degree from Western Kentucky University in 1998.  Ms. Matthews possesses over 20 years of nursing experience with over 17 of those in the Skilled Nursing industry.  Ms. Matthews has extensive experience in MDS, restorative nursing programs, and nursing management.  Ms. Matthews is currently a Post Acute Care Content writer and subject matter expert for MDS. Disclosure: Kim Matthews, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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