Caregiver Perceptions of Wandering Behavior in the Adrd (Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias) Patient Page: 2
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Dickson, Patricia, Caregiver Perceptions of Wandering Behavior in the ADRD
(Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias) Patient. Doctor of Philosophy (Applied
Gerontology), August 2012, 143 pp., 2 tables, 12 illustrations, references, 76 titles.
The dissertation examined family caregivers' perceptions of wandering behavior
after their loved one has been diagnosed with ADRD (Alzheimer's disease and related
dementias). Semi-structured in-depth face-to-face interviews of a convenience sample of
22 caregivers in the Dallas metropolitan area were conducted. Responses were analyzed
using a grounded theory approach. The use of qualitative methods facilitated the study of
how caregivers of a loved one with ADRD understood and explained in their own voice
the wandering behavior associated with the disease and how their views of the behavior
informed the caregiving process. In particular, this research examined why some
caregivers tend to recognize wandering behavior as significant early on while the ADRD
patient is still living in the home (and community) and modifications can be made to keep
him or her there despite the behavior, and why some caregivers do not.
Findings indicated that caregivers were concerned about the general safety of
their loved one. Precautions were taken within the home for conditions related to frailty,
but were much less likely to be taken to address wandering behavior and its negative
consequences. Three groups of caregivers emerged: (a) those who primarily reacted to
their loved one's problem behaviors including wandering, and intervened minimally; (b)
those who were proactive, making modifications in their routines and environment to
protect their loved one after a trigger event; and (c) those who had a mixed response, who
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Dickson, Patricia. Caregiver Perceptions of Wandering Behavior in the Adrd (Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias) Patient, dissertation, August 2012; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc149582/m1/2/: accessed August 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .