Here is another sad report of a nursing home elopement. Milford Manor Nursing Home, located in Pikesville, Maryland, has been fined $65,000 and barred from training nurse’s aides for two years following the disappearance and death of an 82-year-old Alzheimer’s patient.

The resident, Semen Binder, walked away unnoticed on the evening of July 7. Searchers found his body five days later in a wooded area less than half a mile from the home.

A subsequent investigation by the state revealed “multiple unsecured and unsupervised exits as well as multiple residents assessed by the facility to be ‘wanderers’ and potential elopement risks.” Facility administration confirmed they did not have practices in place to prevent residents with cognitive impairments from wandering out of the building. Read the news report here.

Can someone tell me why this problem continues to exist?

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

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