KHOU reported the tragic and preventable death of a blind man in his 60s found dead after wandering away from his nursing home. Police said the man’s body was found by a jogger about a mile from the facility in a grassy area off Interstate 35. Neighbors are asking why the man was out by himself to begin with. A man who lived a few feet from the center did not want us to show his face or give his name, but said he often sees River City Care residents wandering the neighborhood, alone.
“I’m not surprised at all because we see people coming out of there with no one attending them, no one watching over them,” said the neighbor. River City Care Center, the facility the man lived at, refused to comment about how he was able to get out of the facility without permission. When KENS 5 reached out to the River City Care Center about how the man got out of the facility, they said a corporate spokesman would return our request for comment. So far, no one has.
“These people, the sick people, they do what they want,” said Maria Rufina Marciante, River City Care resident. “They push the door to go outside. And they can’t do nothing if there’s one nurse or two nurses to take care of all the 60 people.”