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Dementia Patient Missing From Chicago Nursing Home

The Chicago Tribune reported today on disturbing news out of a Chicago nursing home. Staff members at the Alshore Nursing Home recently explained that one of their elderly residents went missing from the facility on Friday morning.

The 79-year old female resident was last seen by nursing home staff members around 9 a.m. She was walking around with an unidentified man who appeared to be in his sixties. The resident told staff members that the man was her brother; she then left the facility with him. However, it was eventually discovered that the woman does not have a brother. It is unclear how the staff members could have failed to properly identify the stranger before he left with the woman.

Police are looking for help locating the woman. She stands 4-foot 9 inches, and has brown hair and eyes. The nursing home where she was last seen is located on the 2800 block of West Foster Avenue. She suffers from diabetes on is on medication to treat it. She also may be suffering from dementia.

Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are hoping for the speedy recovery of the missing resident. Many seniors suffering from mental ailments are particularly susceptible to nursing home wandering. When these residents are unsupervised or their environment is not properly managed, the risk of leaving the facility unnoticed is high. An endless array of dangers faces these seniors when they leave the facility. They could fall victim to the elements and exposure or otherwise be taken advantage of by predators. It is vital that nursing homes ensure that these situations are guarded against.

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