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Assisted living resident repeatedly found along highway

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Businesses in hot water, Seniors Updated: October 23, 2012 - 10:25 AM

By Jane Friedmann

A Park Rapids, Minn., assisted-living facility was found to have neglected the supervision of a resident with dementia after he left the facility unsupervised and without staff’s knowledge at least 11 times since 2010, according to a recent state report.

The resident of Care Age Country Home didn’t know his name or where he lived, and most times he was found walking along a busy highway.

The facility failed to report the incidents to the state, according to the state Office of Health Facility Complaints. Most of them occurred in early evening when exit doors were supposed to sound a continuous alarm when opened.

Care Age has updated the resident’s care plan to include procedures to minimize his risk of wandering.


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