Cognitively impaired patients at risk for wandering may be endangering themselves. This toolkit, developed by the US Veterans Affairs National Centre for Patient Safety, is designed as a starting point for those caring for at risk patients.
In this toolkit there are recommendations for preparing your unit/facility for wandering behavior, including environmental recommendations as well as at-risk patient assessment recommendations. Additionally, there are suggested interventions ranging from most desirable (first-degree interventions) to more restrictive (fourth-degree interventions).
This resource can be accessed by clicking here: http://1.usa.gov/1efyMRw