Nursing Homes Look At Security Following Shooting

The massacre at a North Carolina nursing home has prompted many local nursing homes to take a look at their security measures.

At Golden Living Center in Greenville executive director Hal Garland says a lot of their security measures as of now are more geared towards who they hire -- with background checks and drug tests. But because of the violence Sunday, now he will hold staff meetings to talk about the possibility of added security, and what to do in the case of an emergency.

Garland says, "I would imagine most nursing homes are going to look at their security systems and try to take some steps to make them stronger. There's and awareness now that somebody can go and do something like this"

When asked about the possibility of security guards, Garland said he's never seen them in a nursing home, but that one day it may be necessary.


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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Mar 31, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    I have to agree with "Realitycheck" on this one. This is such a knee-jerk reaction that is TYPICAL under these circumstances. What I would like to know is WHY does it take something like this to happen before anyone WANTS to do anything? All of the sudden its that big of a deal to them? And COME ON people, WHAT is a Security Guard going to do for you in this situation??? He is going to catch all of the bullets meant for the others? So they are going to hire a 70 yr. old man that is old enough to be a patient at the nursing home to "secure" the staff and patients?? Let me guess, top pay is 7.00 an hour? Oh yeah, they will get some top notch securing with 7.00 an hour!! Oh Oh Oh, my favorite is when companies spend 18.00 per man hour for security guards and the company post a 60-70 year old man on the job site and pays him 7 bucks an hour. They sure do not pay people in higher positions to THINK!
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Mar 31, 2009 at 04:30 AM
    I don't see how the killings in Moore County were related to security. I don't understand why this should prompt other nursing homes to "beef up security". What a reactionist, litigious society we live in. There are people walking around amongst us everyday that are "on the edge". The are beside you in traffic, infront of you in the line at Walmart. Securing every aspect of our world will not stop violent individuals that go bananas one day. Let's just go ahead and put security guards at the local hotdog stand, in the city park, in the library, and outside the Salvation Army store. What an over reaction.
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