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Nurses face charges after elderly patient leaves facility alone

When you leave your loved one in a nursing home, you expect the facility to do its best to provide for him or her. In the case that you have a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, you know how important it is for nurses and the staff to do their rounds. If your loved one wanders off, he or she may have no idea how to get back home.

That is what happened in this case, which fortunately turned out fine for the missing woman. Two nurse's aides have found themselves in trouble with the law after allegations surfaced of them endangering patients.The two were arrested after it was believed that they failed to monitor a resident who was suffering from dementia. They are accused of attempting to cover up the neglect. The aides, a 25-year-old woman and 62-year-old woman, are now charged with endangering the elderly woman along with other charges. They face up to four years in prison for the endangerment count against them.

What happened to prompt an investigation and charges? Video surveillance shows that the elderly woman left the nursing home by exiting through an unlocked door. It was approximately 7:54 p.m. After leaving, the nurse's aides did not complete 15-minute checks as required, which resulted in the woman being able to wander further from the nursing home. The nurse's aides allegedly wrote that they performed the checks when they did not.

After finding out that the woman was missing at around 10:00 p.m., the facility called 911. The resident was found around two miles away at 3:00 a.m. This resulted in the two nurse's aides being questioned and eventually charged.

Source: White Plains Patch, "2 Nurse's Aides Arrested On Endangerment Charges," Michael Woyton, Dec. 20, 2017

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