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Journal of Gerontological Nursing (2014)
  • M. Futrell
  • Karen Devereaux Melillo
  • Ruth Remington
Wandering can be problematic for both caregivers and individuals with dementia, particularly when wandering behavior disrupts an individual’s sleep, eating habits, socialization, or safety, or a caregiver’s ability to provide care. Assessment of premorbid factors, the disease process, behavioral symptoms typical of dementia, and medications and their side effects is important when individualizing interventions for wandering behavior. Other factors, such as environment and the knowledge and skill of the caregiver, should be considered when planning care for older adults with dementia who are at risk for wandering behavior (Remington & Futrell, 2011). The purpose of the current evidence-based guideline is to help caregivers identify and manage wandering behavior in community-dwelling or institutionalized older adults with dementia. The current article updates the 2002 guideline (Futrell & Melillo, 2002) and summarizes the revised guidelines (Futrell, Melillo, & Remington, 2008,in press), which were developed at the Gerontological Intervention Research Center at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. The guidelines are available online at They identify key terms and individuals at risk; assessment criteria, tools, and related interventions are also suggested.
  • dementia
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M. Futrell, Karen Devereaux Melillo and Ruth Remington. "Wandering" Journal of Gerontological Nursing Vol. 40 Iss. 11 (2014) p. 1 - 8
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