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Prevent elopement in healthcare facilities

Hospital Safety Insider, January 12, 2017

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Who are those most likely to try to escape, and what are some of the ways you can prevent it?

In long-term care facilities, one of the greatest risks to elderly residents is their ability to leave the facility unseen and put themselves in harm’s way. Called elopement, this is often associated with wandering, an act whereby the person is disoriented or disengaged in his or her environment and goes about seeking someone or something or just wanders randomly.

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