Online module

Assessments and interventions for wandering

40 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

This module focuses on wandering as a behavioural symptom of dementia. We explore assessment tools and interventions specific to this responsive behaviour.

Cost free

This module has prerequisite requirements

Further details below

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care,  Acute Care,  Primary Care,  Community Care,  Mixed,  Respite Care,  Palliative Care,  Emergency Care

This module is part of the course:

Walking safely with dementia

Assessments and interventions for wandering

DTA currently uses different terms for behaviour. We will be progressively moving to the term Changed Behaviour in all our content.

Assessments and interventions for wandering

This is module 2 in the 3 part module series: Walking safely with dementia.

Other modules in this series:

Module 3: Wandering - case studies
Prerequisite: You must first complete module 1 and 2


Before undertaking this module you will need to complete the following:

You'll build on your knowledge of dementia and responsive behaviours and learn about tools designed to assess wandering behaviour. You will also learn about interventions that may help to keep the person with dementia who wanders safe throughout the course of their day.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics and impacts of dementia-related wandering
  • Identify how to accurately assess a person's wandering behaviour
  • Identify appropriate evidence-based interventions to implement in community-based care
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for a person with wandering behaviour

Continuing Professional Development

A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon successful completion of this module.


The Walking Safely course was developed by Assoc Professor Margaret MacAndrew, Yvonne Wilkinson, Professor Elizabeth Beattie, Sandra Jeavons, and Elizabeth Miles at Queensland University of Technology. The authors would like to thank the Advisory Committee for their invaluable contribution to the development of this resource.

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Version history

Published: 24 Jan 2022
Updated: 14 Jul 2023

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