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June 06, 2008

Fake Bus Stop Keeps Alzheimers Patients Waiting

German nursing homes have come up with a great idea to stop Alzheimers patients from wandering off. They have erected an exact replica of a standard stop outside, with one small difference:   buses do not use it.

Previously the centre had to wait for the police to return their patients who had wanted to return to their homes and families, which often no longer existed. Now the patients tend to stop at the bus stop and wait for a bus to take them. While there they forget what they were planning to do and are happily taken back to their rooms.

the concept has worked so successful that it has now been adopted by several   other homes across Germany.

Nursing home's fake bus stop foils wandering seniors
McKnight's Long Term Care News, NY - 10 hours ago
The idea is that seniors who wander will recognize the familiar green and yellow bus stop and wait there to be taken home. Care givers retrieve the patients ...
Fake bus stop keeps Alzheimer's patients from wandering off
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom - 3 Jun 2008
By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin German nursing homes are using a novel strategy to stop Alzheimer's patients from wandering off: phantom bus stops. ...
Wayward Alzheimer's patients foiled by fake bus stop  
Fake bus stop
KOKI FOX 23, OK - 4 Jun 2008
The bus stop, outside the Benrath Senior Centre in Dusseldorf, is an exact replica of a standard stop but no buses call there. ...
Fake bus stops keep Alzheimer's patients from wandering off
NewsLite, UK - 20 hours ago
Fake bus stops are being installed outside German nursing homes in a bid to stop Alzheimer's patients from wandering off. After having to repeatedly call ...

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A serious issue of course, and a brilliant, simple idea, but I fell off my chair laughing it's so good!

Posted by: Jock | Jun 6, 2008 12:53:03 PM

Pretty good idea I guess except it eliminates the possibility of actual bus service.

Posted by: Mike | Jun 7, 2008 9:35:15 AM