I immediately envisioned scenes from a movie depicting a jail house escape, when I read a disheartening article about a man who recently died while using his bed sheets to escape from a Chicago nursing home. The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that a 57-year-old patient at Woodbridge Nursing Home recently fell 10-20 feet to his death as he attempted to escape from an upper floor window at the facility.
As Chicago Police investigate this incident, situations such as this are a continuous reminder that many nursing home patients require continual monitoring by staff to evaluate both their physical and psychological well-being.
Though I have no knowledge about this incident, I have worked on a number of cases where patients have caused serious harm to themselves via self-inflicted injuries. While these cases are indeed sad for all involved, many times I find that the facility itself never took into account any of the verbal and non-verbal cues in the days, weeks and months leading to a serious incident. Certainly, I hope authorities take the necessary time to investigate all aspects of this nursing home tragedy.
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