Four Assisted-Living Employees Criminally Charged for Sleeping, Silencing Alarms While Resident Eloped

August 9, 2019 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Four employees of an assisted-living facility have been arrested for sleeping on the job, silencing alarms, and committing other acts that allegedly enabled a resident to elope into freezing weather undetected, according to a July 1, 2019, press release from the office of the New York attorney general.

During an overnight shift, one of the employees, a personal care assistant, was assigned to monitor one of the halls but allegedly slept for four and a half hours. The 87-year-old resident eloped through an emergency exit in the hall that the employee was supposed to monitor. The temperature was below freezing, and...

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