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

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

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. 30, 4, 36-42. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1664


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