Would you be very happy if your elderly family member walked out?
I live in a neighborhood that is fairly close to a very nice retirement facility. The cottages are different levels according to the needs to the retiree. Some of the cottages are for Alzheimer’s or other medical needs.
Last week on my way out I noticed one of the employees walking rather quickly in our neighborhood – So I stopped and asked if she was missing someone. And sure enough an elderly woman was missing. So I flipped around to go thru some of the courts. One of the neighbors was out, she indeed did see her, the woman was asking for directions for somewhere to far to walk. The elderly woman wouldn’t stay with her, but she did call the police. (I wish she would have followed her). I asked her how long, and it was at least 15-20 minutes. Went back to the employee and let them know. The facility had not called the police yet.
I looked a little longer in a couple of different neighborhoods and made the assumption or hoped that the police picked up.
I wasn’t happy with the facility, they only had two people looking for her by foot. Why not call the police right away? The police could have sent out an automated phone call and text message to our neighborhoods. I was hoping the police actually picked her up before the facility, and that maybe they were able to get contact information from her for one of her relatives.
A while back there was another woman at the gate waving her hand thru the side gate, so we stopped and she wanted to go home, she wanted me to call her family. I stayed with her, while my husband drove around to let someone know.
I’m thinking they might need to have a higher sounding alarm on the doors, so they know when someone is leaving.
If she stays in the neighborhood directly behind her – it’s a large circle a mile long but it does have courts and cut-outs and you can access the park and green belt. you might want to take her for a walk to show her, people do get confused thinking there is a quick access to get out and there is not – and maybe she needs my address for a resting point?