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UPDATED: Missing Dementia Patient Found In Wildomar

Lee Carson Clayton was found off Bundy Canyon Road by Wildomar police officers.

Lee Carson Clayton  Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.
Lee Carson Clayton Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.

UPDATED AT 11:13 A.M. NOV. 2: A Moreno Valley man who suffers from dementia and who went missing Oct. 30 has been found in Wildomar.

At approximately 9:11 p.m. Friday, officers from the Wildomar Police Department found Lee Carson Clayton, 74, off Bundy Canyon Road. 

"Mr. Clayton showed signs of dehydration and was taken to a local area hospital for precautionary medical aid. Mr. Clayton was reunited with family members and is no longer considered a missing person," according to a report from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Clayton was reported missing Oct. 30 at 6:42 p.m. from the 15000 block of Perris Boulevard in the City of Moreno Valley.

He left his residence on foot and had not returned, according to a news release issued today by the sheriff's Moreno Valley station.  

Clayton was last seen in his residence by family members. He was wearing a black baseball hat, a gray shirt, and blue jeans. He is 6’02”, 160 pounds, with salt and pepper gray hair, dark skin and brown eyes. 

It is not clear how Clayton traveled to Wildomar.

Clayton also went missing from his home in June. Click here for more on that story.

Mike November 01, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Ok really???? this is the second time he has gone missing in 6 months? What kind of family or care does he have?... Seriously
ChrisG November 01, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Dementia is tough to deal with. My grandmother had it for years. I hope whoever runs into Mr. Clayton extends to him the kindness and care folks around town showed my grandmother a few times. He very likely is lost and thinks he is somewhere else.
Brenda November 01, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Mike, thanks for sharing that. I did think he had been lost before. I also think that adult protective services needs to seriously look into this mans case and see what exactly is going on. Sounds like the typical case of someone taking his retirement, aid, SSI and whatever else he gets and doesnt care for him. Taking for dementia patients get these "houses" about 4k a month or at least they used to.
CB November 02, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Whoa guys..there's no reason to start blaming anyone unless you know something more than is stated here about his welfare and living situation. If he lives in a care facility, then that would be a cause for concern since they get paid to take care of them. But this man could be cared for by his family and maybe some children who help out. When there is a will, there is a way. It isn't easy to take care of a grown adult, whether they're bedridden or not.
Shannon Starr November 02, 2013 at 08:33 AM
Seriously Brenda, is there something you don't know everything about?
luvmyvalley November 04, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Until you have had a relative suffering from dementia you can not blame his family/caretakers (unless he lives in a professional care facility). The first time was probably very unexpected and these types of situations often start out of nowhere. Dementia can get worse and change the individuals actions very quickly. My grandmother got out of the house, we immediately put a deadbolt on the door in a location we thought was high enough for her not to reach. She ended up getting out again, causing us to install sliding locks at the top of the door. She lived with my uncle and he had to work, she ultimately had to move because he wasn't there to keep an eye on here as her condition worsened. It is often difficult for the family to accept how bad the dementia has gotten. Please refrain from being so immediately judgmental, you don't know the entire situation.
Mike November 04, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Double sided keyed dead bolts and constant supervision.... Or a professional care center ... If it was a child constantly wandering off child protective services would be involved..... If you can't provide proper care and supervision ... Then who is at fault??
luvmyvalley November 06, 2013 at 06:14 PM
With children you are aware of what type of supervision they need, because they're children. With dementia patients one day your family member is fine but it can change drastically very quickly. You don't know what the proper supervision is until something unexpected happens. Realize if it's a parent you've lived with your entire life being capable of being alone without problems you don't know to expect that they suddenly aren't capable of being left alone. There isn't always FAULT, sometimes unfortunate events happen. Thankfully this man was found, his family now, likely knows they need to change what they've been doing. But glad you have all the answers to sit on a high horse and judge from behind your keyboard.
Brenda November 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Mike, I think you and I are the only ones who see that if this is a family member, or he is taken care of in a "home" of some sort he has been diagnosed with dementia and that means 24 hr supervision. Its that simple. There are check lists given out by the care taking companies or even online on how to secure your home, how to keep them safe on walks and outings to the store. You surely do not want to keep them locked up alone all the time. But someone in some manner is getting PAID to care of this man and that means he is not left alone. It usually takes 2.5 people to run that many hours in a week if there is a family member helping during the night. For those of you making excuses for this man not taken care of well enough where he can wander off and be missing for several days, alone, what are you thinking? Would you want this to be your mother, father, son, daughter or other family member not being cared for properly? I think NOT. My mother has had illness which causes her to fall alot, be weak etc. without details. She has two day, weekend workers to help, and then at night my father is there and then my brother and his wife are next door. She is equipped with phones all over, the necklace alert system, intercom from that. She does not suffer from dementia but a fall for her could be fatal and alot more broken bones which is horrible to see her go through and unnecessary if you have all your X's and O'x crossed. Way back she did fall 2 or 3 times, one bad and it was devastating, and a long recovery, and she is stubborn, because she likes outside, and climbing over rocks, LOL, a tough ole lady, and now we make sure she has someone so she can still be outside, but no rocks. Insurances pay for this, county pays for this, its different for everyone. Even if you do have to pay out of your pocket which is highly unlikely then you do what you have to do. Luvmyvalley you are right how a patient can appear better one day then the next, but you still never take that chance. I suffer the same as my mother, hereditary unfortunately, and no where near as bad as she is, and I know I have my bad days, or a good day can turn bad real fast. So its something we just cannot take a chance with her. LOL and she is a stubborn one about it butyou have to find the aids who will work with her :) I fear for this man, as I did last time he was missing as no one even came forward to the news or nothing. After people were searching all over for him. Seriously to thank them, to explain that they will put better programs to work for him. Anything after so many times. I hope this time APS steps in and makes sure these programs are covered for him.
Brenda November 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Chris you are spot on about that. MY Uncle did that and it was sad, scary, and he would argue with us about where he was and it was very difficult. Shannon, at my age we know a little bit about a little bit, LOL. Its certainly NOT rocket scientist is it to make sure someone has 24 hr care and about the programs that can help families make sure that person in need gets it? Sometimes knowledge comes from just simple things like helping alot of people, friends, family in their times of need and you learn along the way also. Try it, its not so bad and you do learn alot about our systems and how they work and how you can help others with that knowledge. :)
CB November 29, 2013 at 02:48 AM
People dont always get money. My sister in law's gramdfather had dementia and his family didn't get paid to care for him. And for the ones who do, unless the patient had a good career and set up prior, they do not get much for it. But this man went missing again this week, so now I am thinking its an issue. If they cant care for him, then he needs to go to a home. Which is sad, since unless you are in a nice plce like the sterling center, which costs about 4k monthly, it is a sad way to live out the rest of your years. I feel terrible for our elderly.
Brenda November 29, 2013 at 06:03 AM
CB, this man has such kind eyes and its so hard not to look at him and smile. :) He actually would at a minimum at 74 get retirement, or Social security, then possibly SS disability and some more thrown in for extra if that is all the income he has. He also qualifies for in home care through the County of Riverside 24 hrs a day, a nurse, aide, physical therapist, councilor to visit him anywhere from 1 to 7 days a week through medicare. His aids which could stay that 24/7 can be family members, or used to be able to be and they get somewhere around 11 to 12 dollars an hour and mileage if they take the patient on an outing or to the doctor. If he has family members or "friends" earning the 11 to 12 dollars an hour for taking care of him 24/7, SOMEONE IS NOT Doing their job. What I continue to say. My mother has alot of these benefits and has for many years. She has in home caretakers but not for the whole 168 hrs a week paid through the county because at night my dad is there, and my brother is very close. I think she uses about 100 hrs. Its all paid out and he would be recieving all of his help through the Department of Aging. Then Social Security for his retirement/disability/ssi and possibly military retirement if he served. Someone recieves alot of money to take care of this man with the bright shining eyes and they are definately NOT doing their job. His monthly Social security/retirement/ssi/military retirement monies, whichever he recieves would be going to a family member who has custody of him. Social Security depending on how much and long he worked could be alot, as well as supplemental, or any military benefits. Then the monies paid out for 168hrs a week for care paid through the department of aging. He certainly does not have access to any of these money having dementia which means a family member does. :/
CB December 03, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Im not saying he needs better care, because now its been 3 times since summer. But it is possible he does not get much money. Whoever cares for him could not have much money themselves and have dependents. With that said, it could be difficult to put a loved one in a cheap facility where the care may not be that great and they may be lonely
Brenda December 05, 2013 at 04:02 AM
CB, we have a wonderful package of help in all areas for elderly on Social Security, SSi supplemental income. That includes up to 168 hrs of home assistance for a patient just like this man. He would have coverage for every hour of the day and night and someone also carrying for him as far as bath, meals, walks, doctors appts, and those people earn about 10 ro 11 per hour. They get paid directly from IHSS In home support services through Riverside County office of Aging. This man more then qualifies and I am sure that his family members know THAT. Obviously whoever is getting that 10 or 11 dollars an hour to watch him is not doing their job. That is IF they are actually a IHSS regular worker and not a family member. An IHSS worker would not allow this man to get out of their site, and someone with the police or adult protective services by law should have already checked all this out. ITs not rocket science and takes about 5 minutes to find out who is getting paid to watch over him 24/7 and who to file charges for NOT doing that job they are paid for and putting his life at risk. I am very concerned about this because of the amount of family members, or "friends" with different last names who sign up to be the IHSS worker, collect the pay and not actually be there taking care of the elderly person. This is OBVIOUSLY that type of case. Its very sad that this man with the kind eyes has been left to wander off in the cold, no money, no food for days and days at a time, and who knows how long before they even called the police again? He could have been missing for 2 or 3 days before they even call because of their track record and maybe the heat coming down on them a bit. Only God knows what goes on in the house he is in. :/

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