guess who came for dinner

A thief entered my mother’s room at the care facility last night. Luckily, she and the other residents were together in the dining room, when a young man entered the building and started to rifle through rooms.

Mum’s was the fourth room that he entered and somehow he triggered an alarm in her room. Two staff members confronted him, but he managed to escape. He was going through Mum’s handbag when discovered. She had nothing of value in her handbag, just some store loyalty cards and about fifteen dollars in cash. My sister has all her important cards.

The police were called, naturally, but Mum was not told about what happened. They phoned my sister and she agreed not to tell Mum as nothing was lost (she probably won’t remember the money) and it is best not to worry her as she has started to really settle in now.

Obviously, the thief knew the routine as he struck when it was meal time aware the staff would be occupied with the residents in the dining room. Heartless to strike at people so vulnerable.

To think Mum lived all those years in her home, the last 12 alone and was never robbed, and here within her first month in a place we considered safer for her, she is a crime victim. The security of the facility has been my main concern since the night Mum wandered out into the street. I know they can’t lock them away, but I do think they should have more secure systems, such as locking the front door. They do at the facility where Mr FD’s Mum is a resident, though most of the ladies there are capable of answering a knock on the door from anyone wishing to enter. Mum’s companions all have walkers and are less mobile so staff would have to answer the door, but I do think it needs to be considered.

Well, no guess about who has gone to the top of the stick list – actually he will be lucky if he only gets the sticking he so richly deserves if I get my hands on him. One day he will be an old person, and I hope bad karma rains down on him!

12 thoughts on “guess who came for dinner

  1. Wow! I would agree that he somehow knew the routine. I keep wondering if he was a former employee….or married to a former employee. I think a lot of health care facilities are relying on a wing and prayer when it comes to security.

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    • I wouldn’t be surprised to hear he was related to someone who worked there, or recently worked there. I guess he was probably after quick cash. The fact that he was found and confronted might deter him from returning… I hope.

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  2. Oh you have to be a real lowlife to go after old people, especially in a facility like that. I just hope he’s not involved with someone who is currently working there who told him the routine. I’d think they’d lock the front door at night at least too. I hope there are no more incidents!

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    • I don’t want to make an issue but I will be asking questions if they don’t introduce better security measures. It is a small country town and I suspect they have been lulled into a false sense of security but times are more difficult and society is more violent.

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  3. Schools and OAP places all have secure entries over here. Buzz and wait for someone in a sealed reception area. This is just plain nasty. They’re only going to have a few quid. Hope he gets his comeuppance.

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    • Our schools are open. Visitors are asked to sign in at the admin desk, but in truth anyone can walk onto the campus. As he was sighted by two staff members, hopefully if he is caught they can identify him.

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  4. I bet fire codes prevent the locking of any doors. And that the thief was a former employee, or someone close to a current employee, who knows the building and routines.

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    • Some of the residents are independent enough to go for walks so I suppose the doors are open for them, but they need to rethink their open door policy and soon! I have a feeling that it is someone who knew the place too.

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  5. The nursing home my mother was in had an electronic lock. You had to enter a code to get the door open. The code was 1 2 3, and was posted right next to the door for everyone to see.

    On one hand, that seemed silly because everyone could come and go as they pleased at all hours. On the other hand, you would be surprised at the number of residents – especially those with dementia – who could not figure out how to open the door, so it was effective in that way.

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    • Mum struggles to open an ordinary door these days, and can’t dial a phone anymore, so a door code would keep her inside. I think it would be a great idea for anyone who is independent enough to go out solo would be able to use a code.

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  6. Where dad was you needed a code to get past reception and a code to get in the front door after hours, maybe you should suggest it. Although of course if it was an employee or friend of one they could get it easily enough.

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