Study reveals wandering statistics in aged care

| 12 Mar 2015

A study has revealed that people with dementia who live in residential aged care facilities wander less than staff and families perceive. The Queensland University of Technology’s School of Nursing study focussed on wandering in out-of-bounds and potentially hazardous areas, which was found to happen in only 5% of cases.

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Tags: aged care, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, health, research, residential aged care

Sophia Bolden

Communications Manager

Sophia Bolden is the Communications Manager at Telstra Health - ADCC (formerly iCareHealth). With a background in the disability and aged care sector, she brings an understanding and passion for aged care. Sophia recognises the importance of social media and online communication in relating technology and aged care news in the most effective way possible.


  1. solomon casilen

    Thank you for sharing your articles. I truly believe a meaningful activities can make wonder to minimize fall for our dementia residents. I am an occupational therapist back in the Philippines and I am working in a mental hospital where we had a lot of success in managing difficult behavior for our clients. I agree with your conclusion that falls can be reduce when applied the same principles to our dementia clients. I just hope they can employ an occupational therapist to advise our activity staff in the nursing hope to lease with them how to implement those principles. In all, it was awesome research you guys did. Thank you for that.

    • Sophia Bolden

      Hi Solomon,
      Thank you for your fantastic feedback. We agree that occupational therapy is a great way to assess resident needs and come up with a plan to help reduce wandering. We found it interesting that the study revealed that additional exercise can reduce a resident’s desire to wander, so occupational therapy would be very useful in helping tailor an exercise plan for the individual resident.
      Thank you again for taking the time to comment.


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