Supporting people with dementia who mobilise excessively around and outside of the home
CPD    

Supporting people with dementia who mobilise excessively around and outside of the home

Gill Maidens Practice and Professional Development Facilitator, education, Dementia UK, Shropshire, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of the reasons why people with dementia may mobilise excessively around and outside of the home

  • To recognise the practical measures that can be taken to assist people with dementia who are increasingly mobile or want to leave home to ensure their safety

  • To enable you to provide advice and support to the family carers of people with dementia who are exhibiting this behaviour

Family carers of people with dementia often report that the person they care for appears to ‘wander’ around or wants to leave the home. Community nurses are in an ideal position to offer guidance and support to carers who may not understand this behaviour. This article discusses the potential reasons why people with dementia may be increasingly mobile and/or walk with purpose. It provides information for community nurses on how they can support and advise family carers. It also details practical measures that can be taken to ensure the safety of people with dementia, in a person-centred and compassionate manner.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1664

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

Gill.Maidens@dementiauk.org

Conflict of interest

None declared

Maidens G (2020) Supporting people with dementia who mobilise excessively around and outside of the home. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1664

Published online: 15 July 2020

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Try 1 month’s access for just £1 and get:

Your subscription package includes:
  • Full access to the website and the online archive
  • Bi-monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal
Subscribe
Already subscribed? Log in

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now

Or