Guide to Managing Elopement


Senior living communities often have to deal with wandering and elopement. These are common behaviors seen in Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, making it critical that the senior living environment meet the needs of the resident by providing a safe and secure setting that allows for the residents independent mobility.

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Did You Know? 

  • Nationwide, researchers estimate that 34,000 Alzheimer’s patients wander each year.
  • Thirty percent made it more than two miles before they were found, with 15 percent wandering more than 20 miles.
  • In 80% of cases, the resident was a known wanderer with prior elopements.