Van Rensselaer Manor organizes search exercise for missing residents

TROY, NY (NEWS10) – Van Rensselaer Manor is a 362-bed nursing and rehabilitation facility for the elderly. They currently serve 270 Capital Region residents, 80 of whom are long-term care patients.

On Saturday morning, they conducted a Missing Resident Drill in conjunction with Rensselaer County Law Enforcement and Rensselaer County Search and Rescue Team K-9s. “If it was a missing person, we would have fire, we would have state police, drones, we would have everything including multiple dogs, everyone would be on deck,” Steve said. McLaughlin, Rensselaer County Executive. . “You have to keep your skills sharp no matter what.”

The sleuth followed the scent of a volunteer staff member, tracking them to the wooded area near the senior center and locating them before leading them back to command inside the building. The exercise helps facility personnel prepare for real-world scenarios. John Wasielewski, deputy administrator of Van Rensselaer Manor, said missing patients can pose a serious danger to themselves.

“They’re often not properly dressed for the environment,” Wasielewski said. “Underclothed, whether it’s hot, cold or raining, they often want to find their old homes, they don’t know where those homes are but they want to get there.”

The center has additional preparations in place if a search takes longer than 24 hours. Wasielewski said the collaboration between the senior center and law enforcement was crucial to successfully locating missing residents. “We have additional resources that we can rely on such as volunteer firefighters, state police, aviation drones that are available to us in case this becomes a bigger situation,” Wasielewski said.

Brandon D. James