Wandering & Elopement Essentials Self-Paced

Wandering & Elopement Essentials Self-Paced 

Many residents living with some form of dementia may wander or even attempt to leave a senior care setting. These behaviors may be dangerous because residents who are cognitively impaired may be unable to protect themselves.

We will begin this course by distinguishing between wandering and elopement.

Segment 2 will provide a high-level overview of the stages of the dementia, as these behaviors are most often observed in residents who have this disease.

You are responsible for the safety of your residents, so segment 3 will provide several practices that may minimize these behaviors.

Finally, the last segment will address frequently asked questions regarding this topic.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-WEE-R1
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Distinguish between wandering and elopement.
Describe at least 3 strategies to minimize wandering and elopement.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Recognizing Wandering and Elopement

A Serious Issue

Wandering and Elopement

Classifying Wandering


Benefits of Movement

Dangers of Wandering

Section 3: Impact of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Mild Dementia

Moderate Dementia

Severe Dementia

Section 4: Managing the Behavior

Follow the Care Plan

Welcome New Residents

Identify Their Needs

Communicate with Others

Accompany the Resident

Use Available Technologies

Create the Right Environment

Stay Proactive

What Do You Think?

What Would You Do?

Section 5: Frequently Asked Questions

Resident Assessment


Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributor


Expert Reviewer: Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer
Ronald Orth, RN, CMAC, CHC  obtained a nursing degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1985 and a B. A. in Health Care Administration from Concordia University in 1996. Mr. Orth possesses over 30 years of nursing experience with over 20 of those in the Skilled Nursing industry. Mr. Orth has extensive experience in teaching Medicare regulations to healthcare providers both in the US and internationally. Mr. Orth is currently the Post-acute Care Curriculum Designer and is certified in Healthcare Compliance through the Compliance Certification Board (CCB). Ron has also successfully completed the Infection Control Officer training through the AHCA and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM trainer. Disclosure: Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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