2009-12-11 / Top Stories

Man Missing A Day From Nursing Home

By Howard Schwach

A Brooklyn man with dementia left the Horizon Care Center in Arverne and was later found wandering the streets in Bushwick, Brooklyn. A Brooklyn man with dementia left the Horizon Care Center in Arverne and was later found wandering the streets in Bushwick, Brooklyn. A Brooklyn man suffering from dementia disappeared from a Rockaway nursing home, which did not notify the family until the man was found late that night, disoriented and wandering around a Bushwick street, according to published sources.

Saul Irizarry, 58, disappeared from the Horizon Care Center, at Beach 64 Street and Beach Channel Drive, early on the morning before Thanksgiving, sources say.

His family, including seven grown children, was never notified, family members say.

Later that night, however, Irizar - ry was found wandering around the Brooklyn neighborhood, unsure of who he was or why he was there.

A Good Samaritan found the man wandering the street, disoriented and hungry, and took him to a local bodega.

A worker at the store began knocking on doors in the neighborhood and finally found one of Irizarry's children.

Irizarry was taken to a Brooklyn hospital where he was treated for hypothermia. Sources say he re - mains there today.

According to a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health, Irizarry was a resident of the Rockaway facility for about two weeks.

The spokesperson said that the agency is investigating the incident and would have no comment until the investigation is completed.

An official from the nursing home confirmed for reporters that the man was missing from the facility, adding that it is cooperating with the investigation.

"There's security at the front door and back door and there is an alarm system," the official told Daily News reporter Brendan Brosh, adding that Irizarry climbed over a six-foot fence to exit the facility.

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