1) Staff should be aware that the first week upon admission of any resident is critical for observing the resident’s adjustment and propensity for elopement.
2) If a resident is known to wander and has a history of elopement, staff must daily write what the resident is wearing (ex: blue plaid shirt, navy pants, red suspenders, white tennis shoes).
3) Take a picture of every resident on admission. One should be a close up of the face and one full body picture showing height, stance and distinguishing characteristics (ex: widow’s hump, bow legs, any durable medical equipment used such as walker or cane etc.).
4) If a facility admits residents who wander, the building must have alarmed doors or secured locked doors.
5) Notify local police and neighbors when a resident who wanders is admitted to the facility so they can be alerted if the resident does elope from the facility. If a resident leaves/wanders from the facility and will not come back with the police, obtain a copy of the police report and any forms the resident signed for the police.
6) If it is the policy for your facility to have a resident use “time out” after an altercation, and this resident may wander, the resident must have “time out” in the residence or if does go outside must be observed by a staff member until safely back inside the facility.