70th AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo
Freedom to come and go is crucial to the experience of home and a high quality of life. In addition, freedom to come and go supports physical activity and wellness. Freedom to come and go also involves risk. So when a resident has cognitive impairment or a mobility limitation that may compromise their safety, most long-term care and assisted living facilities spend a lot of time trying to keep residents safely IN. In partnership with Sunrise Senior Living, Dr. Wehry turned this paradigm on its head and asked 'how do we help residents BE safely OUT', leading to the creation of a safe leaving program, which optimizes the sense of home and mitigates the risk of harm. You will not look at elopements the same way again!