Case study – wandering behaviour
Certificate of Completion
Using a case study, we describe wandering in the context of dementia, explore how to use tools and models to assess it and strategies to trial.
This module has prerequisite requirements
Suitable for people working in:
Residential Care , Community Care , Mixed , Respite Care
This module is part of the course:
Understanding responsive behaviours
Case study – wandering behaviour
This module has five sections:
Understanding and assessing wandering
- This section explores what is meant by the term 'wandering' in the context of dementia, and methods for assessing and measuring this behaviour.
Case study part 1
- This section introduces Sharon who moved into residential care because of her unsafe walking.
Tools for assessing wandering
- Using the Risky Wandering and Adverse Outcomes (RWAO) model
- We consider pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions and consequences and risks.
Case study part 2
- We continue Sharon's story and trial and track the effectiveness of interventions
On completion of this module you should be able to:
Outline the key elements to include when assessing a person with wandering behaviour
Use the Risky Wandering and Adverse Outcomes (RWAO) model to suggest the probable consequences of wandering behaviour in the case study
Select possible interventions that evidence suggests may be useful to trial in managing wandering behaviour
Identify successful interventions used in the case study and indicate how effectiveness could be determined.
Continuing Professional Education
A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon completion of this module.
The Understanding Responsive Behaviours online course was developed at DTA, QUT by Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Liz Miles and Sandra Jeavons, with Martin van de Weyer and the Smart Sparrow team. This resource is based on a training program originally developed by the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre at QUT.
The team acknowledges members of the expert panel who shared their advice and insights in video segments throughout the course:
Professor Nancy Pachana, Co-Director, Ageing Mind Initiative, The University of Queensland
Dr Eddy Strivens, Regional Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Older Persons Subacute and Rehabilitation Services, Cairns & Hinterland Health Service
Dr David Lie, Director, Older Persons Mental Health Service, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
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