De­men­tia suf­ferer from se­nior ci­ti­zens’ home is still miss­ing

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASEGO PANYANE

FOR FOUR days, 76-year-old Solomon Gabriel Oliphant has been miss­ing from a home for the el­derly where he lives.

Oliphant (pic­tured), who also re­sponds to the name Mike and suf­fers from de­men­tia, has been liv­ing at the home for the past three months.

He left the An­dries Meyer Home just after sup­per on Mon­day and he has not been seen since.

The cen­tre’s man­ager, Char­lotte Bos­man, said she was no­ti­fied by staff mem­bers that after the meal on Mon­day even­ing, Oliphant did not want to get ready for bed.

“We nor­mally give the el­derly peo­ple their meal around 4.30pm. At 5pm we give them their medicines and they get ready for bed. Mr Oliphant ap­par­ently re­fused to get ready for bed and was left in the com­mu­nal din­ing and TV room while staff at­tended to other res­i­dents,” Bos­man said.

There was also a shift change for the day and night staff at that time, she added.

After the night staff be­gan do­ing their rounds, a nurs­ing as­sis­tant re­alised that Oliphant was miss­ing.

“We then no­ti­fied the po­lice and his family of his dis­ap­pear­ance,” Bos­man said.

She in­sists, how­ever, that their govern­ment-funded home is se­cure.

It is un­clear what Oliphant was wear­ing at the time.

His daugh­ter Glenda Au­gust said she was op­ti­mistic that her fa­ther would be found.

“I trust that we will find him. With de­men­tia he has be­come like a child again. So he’s very en­er­getic.

“But he’s also very friendly, so that will in­crease the chances of him chat­ting to peo­ple and even­tu­ally some­one help­ing him get home,” Au­gust said.

El­do­rado Park po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Phille­mon Khorombi said the po­lice were aware that Oliphant was miss­ing and were fol­low­ing all leads.

“We also like to ap­peal to the pub­lic to no­tify El­do­rado Park po­lice sta­tion if they see or have any in­for­ma­tion on his where­abouts,” Khorombi said.

The Depart­ment of So­cial Devel­op­ment said it was also in­ves­ti­gat­ing Oliphant’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

DIS­AP­PEARED: Mike Oliphant, 76, a res­i­dent of the An­dries Meyer Home for the Aged in El­do­rado Park, left the home on Mon­day night and has not been seen since. He has de­men­tia.

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