Escape from the Nursing Home
VY was located by search aircraft wandering along a country road 0.6 miles
from the nursing home. He was located warm and dry, and most likely had
spent part of the night in a barn.
This case presents several typical aspects of an Alzheimer's case along
with some unique aspects. The more typical components included,
trigger to wandering was an argument, he had wandered before, the time of
day, location of find, and the distance from the PLS he was found.
Some of the more unusual aspects included active hiding (this might have
been linked to previous war time experience), active fleeing (once he saw
that the aircraft had spotted him and was circling above, he started to
"book" down the road, local law enforcement needed to grab him),
and found while mobile. The nursing home had not developed any type
of preventative program for wandering other than vigilance. It had
no environmental precautions in place. The nursing home did provide
good support to the searchers once the formal search go underway.
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