This is frightening - protect your loved ones

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   Posted 6/8/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Apparently two reporters from the National Enquirer recently signed Brooke Shields' mother, who has dementia, out of her residential facility and took her off premises.
This started me wondering: should facilities not maintain a list of approved visitors/people allowed to sign the person out, just as day cares do for young children? Or perhaps they do, and I just am not aware of it.
If I had a parent in this situation, I'd be in the administrator's office today finding out how they would prevent this from happening.
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   Posted 6/8/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
At the assisted living facility where my Gma is at, they do have a list of approved visitors. And in fact, if they don't know a person who is visiting someone there, they will call the relatives to ask permission. The doors are security locked so only the immediate family have the codes.

But that sure is scary! Some people don't have any respect or ethics!
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   Posted 6/8/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
The facilities in my area do have lists of "approved" people who can sign out their resident patients.  They are very aware of the legalities involved with visits and excursions.  I think the personnel in the facility in the Shields' case should be disciplined at the least or fired.  This is a 'heads up' for everyone.  Too bad it comes after the fact but TG her mother was not harmed.  (And, of course, 'harmed' is a relative term.)

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   Posted 7/12/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
That is scary! Good to post here as a reminder to everyone!

We took our Grandma in and used a daycare facility to help us out. I was too afraid of her treatment in a home and we really wanted her w/ us. A friend was an administrator there or I'm not sure I would have trusted them either. It was tough to do working full time and w/ the family but it was very worth it for us.

It showed me what great friends I have too. Everyplace we were invited my Grandma was welcomed. No matter what she said or did, she was treated w/ respect. People at my job even volunteered to stay w/ my Grandma so we'd have trusted caretakers for her and could get some time off w/out worry.
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