Anyone who takes care of a dementia sufferer will know how difficult it can be to keep them inside and from wandering. And when they do go walkabouts, it can be terrifying as they are often scared, confused, and disoriented.
This scenario played out in Charles County, Maryland, last week when officers responded to a call from a woman who reported her mother missing.
Her mum, who suffers from dementia, left the house to take a walk up the driveway but didn’t return, so officers quickly got on the case. What happened next was so sweet, and reminds us police officers are human like us, and truly do care for the safety of the community.
According to a Facebook post by the Sheriff’s Office, “after 40 minutes, the woman was found. At first, she seemed confused at the sudden appearance of police officers on the tree-lined trail, and she asked if the officers were out taking a walk too. They quietly replied ‘Yes,” after all, it was a beautiful day. And then she seemed relieved and told them she had lost her way. “No problem,” said Officer Morrison who then gently took her hand and, along with the other officers walked her back to her house. Along the way, the officers made small talk with the woman, to make her feel at ease. When asked what the key to a long, healthy life was, the woman replied, “Eat good and stay active”.
Officers encounter different situations every day. Some good, some not so good. In this case, a frightening situation for the family ended happily. For that, they were thankful. For us, it’s the rewarding part of policing. #RESPECTTHOSEWITHDEMENTIA”
Tell us, have you seen this much compassion from a police officer? What happened?