Security Issues At Nursing & Care Facilities

The Onslow County facility where authorities say an 80 year-old man fatally shot his 80 year-old wife, who was there for alzheimer's care, then turned the gun on himself, has nursing homes and care facilities examining their security.

Protecting your loved ones from another family member could be a difficult task, according to one nursing home director.

Bryon Eschelman of the Greenfield Place in Greenville says unless you putting metal detectors at the doors or have armed body guards, protecting clients from family members could be a very tough task. Eschelman says, "You're in talking to me about putting your mom in here and the next thing I know you come in here with a gun tomorrow. There's nothing, unless we shoot it out in the hallway, that's about the only thing we have of stopping you."

Eschelman says security at most nursing homes is designed to keep clients from wandering off.


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