Investigating Exit-Seeking Interventions for Residents with Alzheimer's Disease in Institutional Care

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Attar, Dea




The exit-seeking behavior of persons with Alzheimer’s disease has been associated with a decline in the residents’ wellbeing in long-term care facilities. Recent studies in the field suggest that promoting safe wandering and adapting to the patients needs contribute for better exit-seeking management, which can be facilitated through the use of assistive technology. In order to investigate how technology can be introduced to nursing homes to effectively deter this dangerous behavior, five research methods are utilized. Noticing the attitudes of the research participants towards the use of
technology and their interests in low-tech deterrents, the study examines the rationale behind their effectiveness in order to provide recommendations for professionals involved in the development of such solutions. The research finds that effective wandering management strategies require a combination of multiple approaches that complement each other in terms of the purpose of use, and build on the residents’ interests, understanding and backgrounds.


COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS Design and Decorative Arts




Carleton University

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