Long-Term Care

Reasons for wandering

LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, July 2, 2009

Wandering usually has a purpose. It may be a form of communication when language skills are lost. A resident with dementia may be trying to communicate that he or she needs to urinate, or perhaps he or she is hungry or thirsty, or needs to rest. Many things can trigger wandering – loud conversations in the background, noise of kitchen utensils, or a loud TV.

If you determine the wandering is not associated with a physical need, such as thirst, hunger, pain, fatigue, or the need to urinate, you might just provide a space for walking or exploring.

This is an excerpt from HCPro’s book, The CNA Training Solution, Second Edition.

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