According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors suffer from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia in the United States. And six in 10 people with dementia have a tendency to wander. So it’s not a matter of if residents will wander, but when. Luckily, there are ways to help prevent patient wandering. Convergint Technologies can implement a wander management solution.
Convergint Account Executive Hannah DeVries works with a large, nationwide senior living organization and is experienced in helping administrators determine the best wander management solution for their specific community.
According to DeVries, each resident wears a discreet and very small transmitter on either their wrists or ankles. These are durable and cannot be cut. Exit doors in the facility are equipped with controllers. When a resident approaches an exit, the door controller automatically detects if the resident is clear to exit the door.
If not, wander management provides several options to alert or prevent the resident from leaving. For instance, an alarm will sound or the doors will lock automatically. If the resident walks near a door, the door will lock down. If that resident stays at the door, a loitering alert will sound to notify staff that someone is by the door and staying there. And if the resident does not leave the door, an annunciation system at the nurse’s station will go into a full-blown alert.