Published Dec 3, 2008
It looks like she used an emergency door that led to the roof and the alarm didn't go off. She was probably confused enough that she had no idea how she got there or how to get back in. Poor lady.
yes, I read that too but the fact that she was 89 and traveled like that is what floors me
nerdtonurse?, BSN, RN
I'm on a tele unit, and if we have an "escape" we know because they disappear off the monitoring equipment. I wish we had the option of putting the tracking bracelets on "wanderers" when we can't put them right at the nurse's station because we're full....
My Grandpa was 91 and the day he died he climbed the silo and fed all of his livestock, came in for lunch and always napped just before eating, he never woke. So some people are very nimble at that age. :)
SuesquatchRN, BSN, RN
Way to go, Grampa! :)
A lot of people are spry up until the very end. And I have had some VERY determined little old ones who were going to get to their car/house/mother/whatever was roiling in their confused minds.
It's amazing what the elder folks can do. I had one teeny little lady nearly give me a concussion. She was a heck of a lot stronger than she looked.
I guess it's similar to how elders would be able to wiggle out of the most "secure" restraints and harm themselves. Or beat the crap out of someone 50 years younger and less frail.
In her 80s my grandmother used to go out on her porch roof, which had maybe a 15 deg. slope, to sweep off the leaves and twigs. She did get to where she would say, "Guess I'll have to get out on the roof tomorrow" which was our clue to say, "No, grandma, you're not going on the roof! I'll do it!"
My grandma is 91 and still cooks for a bunch of family every Sunday, goes out and picks berries, burns garbage, etc. She takes NO medications and has the BP of a teenager. She just had her gallbladder removed and came out of surgery with flying colors, recovered beautifully, also. If her sight was a hinderance (macular degeneration), she'd probably still be driving. I just hope I inherited her genes!
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