While your facility may have standard operating procedures to follow in the event of a resident wandering event, you can never be too prepared. One of the best ways to increase the safety of your residents and protect your organization is to install a resident wandering system. Here are three of the biggest reasons you might consider resident wandering protection now, instead of after an elopement occurs.
Resident Safety Relies on Wandering Protection
Every nursing home worries about a resident wandering away and these concerns are not unfounded. For example, once a dementia resident wanders outside the facility and has been missing for 12 hours, their likelihood of being found alive drops by 50%. Even if your resident is found alive, devastating injuries and trauma are likely to have occurred. A resident wandering system can help protect every resident in your facility – from known flight risks to those who may wander inadvertently. Resident wandering systems prevent elopements by locking doors and alerting staff when someone is approaching an unauthorized or restricted location.
Resident Wandering System Protects Your Reputation
Nursing homes are often targets of negative publicity when residents wander off-site, especially when there are inadequate security measures in place. A resident wandering system will not only stop your residents from wandering away but can actually protect your organization’s reputation from this kind of harmful publicity. On top of that, a resident wandering system will increase the amount of confidence that families place in your organization’s security plan because it will reduce the likelihood of a loved one leaving the building without permission.
Resident Wandering Protection is Cost Effective
Have you ever considered how much a single missing resident could cost your organization? The current estimated guess is $1,500 an hour, without factoring in the long-term emotional, reputational and financial costs. To operate in the most effective and cost-efficient manner possible, you simply can’t afford to have a resident wandering incident. The money that you invest in resident wandering protection today will pay off in both the short and long-term.
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