A Non-ID Wander Alert System can aid you in protecting most of your wander-prone residents; however, it may not protect them all.
Residents who are stricken with Alzheimer’s and dementia are prone to wandering. Frequently they will loiter at busy exits seeking an opportunity to leave a facility unnoticed by “tailgating” when visitors or staff enter or exit the facility.
While a non-ID wander alert system will notify staff when monitored residents are near an open exit, it does not identify which resident or residents were present nor does it specify the number of residents during an event. As such, if a staff member responds to an alert from a non-ID system that a resident was near a monitored exit, he or she might encounter Mr. Smith at the exit and make the common mistake of assuming that Mr. Smith was the sole resident causing the alarm. At that point the staff member may then reset the panel and escort Mr. Smith back to a common area or his or her room and log the response.
However, if both Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith had been present at the monitored doorway when it was opened and Mr. Jones walked out while Mr. Smith lingered, Mr. Jones could potentially elope from the facility unnoticed.
With a Door GUARDIAN™ ID wander alert system, your staff will always have the vital information needed to respond to an event including each resident’s name, transmitter ID and room number. When configured with our Door GUARDIAN™ software, the system can also display each resident’s photo to aid all staff members in properly identifying and locating any and all residents involved in an elopement attempt.