Safeguards Needed For Elderly Patients

P-town Assistant Town Manager Dan Riviello and his family are calling for more hospital safeguards when it comes to discharging elderly patients who may have cognitive issues.

Riviello says requiring a simple safe hand-off to a family member or caregiver could have prevented the death of his dad, Rodney.

The elder Riviello left his Manomet home June 18th and was found dead four days later in a Plymouth marsh with hospital discharge papers in his hand. Riviello says his father showed some signs of mental decline but hadn't yet been officially diagnosed with dementia.

Those piping up for hospitals say the safeguards should have begun at home.

(Photo provided by Plymouth Police)

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