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How Much Freedom Should Assisted Living Facilities Give The Mentally Disabled?

Elder Freedom in Assisted Living FacilitiesA mentally and physically disabled woman walked out of an Maple Crest Manor, an assisted living facility in St. Louis, MO,  and unknown to the facility boarded a bus to Chicago, IL.  The woman left the assisted living facility for what the staff suspected would be ‘a long walk’.  After several hours passed without sight of the woman, the facility contacted the woman’s legal guardian who then alerted police.

Chicago police called local Missouri authorities after finding the woman’s name on the national database for missing and endangered people.  The woman was brought by authorities safely back to the facility in St. Louis.  No charges were filed against the assisted living facility or the legal guardian.

Authorities report the woman has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old.  This begs the question: Would you let your 7-year-old walk around unsupervised?  Clearly, this incident should have been prevented with the adoption of a more restrictive leave policy for residents.

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