Safety Without Confinement

When looking through the news in virtually any locality, it is generally not a long time before one comes across a story of elderly people who have simply gone missing. Fortunately, many of them are recovered safely, but the danger is always present and always serious, especially among senior citizens who are living on their own and have been resistant to senior housing facilities despite early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

A Savannah, Georgia news outlet recently ran a story explaining that a dozen elderly residents of the area have gone missing in just the past six months. In California, reports emerged on Tuesday that an elderly couple had been found safe after family found they could not reach them on Sunday. It is only one of many such cases, but it goes to show that even when two people have each other and their families to rely on, problems can still arise.

There were not many precise details about the California case, so it is not clear whether they left their home intentionally or ended up as victims of temporary confusion. But in either case, those two days must have been terribly distressing for their loved ones. So when we hear about cases like this, we tend to be relieved that the individuals are safe, but also sympathetic to the circumstances that might have led up to them abandoning the safety of their homes.

Even among those with dementia, there are good days and bad days. And the threat of a bad day shouldn’t diminish the enjoyment of the good ones. A good senior assisted living facility can help to safeguard seniors while still giving them avenues for escape and freedom. Long-term safety requires monitoring and support, but it should never mean confinement.

And we dare say that that is especially true of an Arvada, Colorado senior housing facility, where safety concerns can hardly be expected to stifle the desire to go out into a beautiful landscape of town and country.