What Does “Elopement Risk” Mean For Seniors?

I get asked this question from time to time.

‘Elopement,’ sometimes referred to as wandering is defined in nursing home or assisted living terms as a cognitive-challenged resident leaving the facility and exposing themselves to potential dangers. This may include walking into a dangerous street, falling down outside while unsupervised, or being hurt in any number of ways while outside of the facility. Nursing home staff members are responsible for the care of their residents and for ensuring their safety.

At Regency Nursing Centers, we are proud of our stellar track record of success in protecting the safety and wellbeing of our residents at all times!

I would just point out, “elopement” isn’t just a term reserved for seniors. The fact is, kids elope too.

Take a look at this cute photo of an “elopement.”


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