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76-year old Alzheimer’s patient wanders from Sacred Heart Hospital; family continues to search for his whereabouts

The family of a 76-year old Alzheimer’s patient continues to search for their companion, father and grandfather, Hayes Robinson who wandered from Sacred Heart Hospital, in Chicago, IL, on Sunday. According to the family, Mr. Robinson had tried to walk out of the hospital on a previous visit. The patient is currently without his Alzheimer’s and blood pressure medications.

Mr. Robinson’s companion, Hettie May Knox, reports that the hospital staff told her “he signed himself out about an hour ago.” The facility claims that the patient told them, “I live right around the corner,” when in fact, a mere check of his hospital records would have revealed he in fact lived more than 4 miles away. Mr. Robinson’s grandchildren continue to look for him on their bikes throughout the neighborhood.

The question remains: How was Mr. Robinson, a known Alzheimer’s patient allowed to leave the facility? The facility should not have let an Alzheimer’s patient check himself out of the hospital without verifying that he was going to be cared for and that his home was close. With the 90-degrees plus temperatures expected this week and Mr. Robinson’s whereabouts still unknown, finding him quickly is of the utmost importance. Anyone with information is asked to call Area 5 SVU police at 312-746-8365.

Levin & Perconti successfully prosecuted and settled a case against Manorcare this summer for $825,000 when a severely demented patient was allowed to wander from the facility in January 2004 and died from overexposure to the sub-zero temperatures.

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