Unsupervised Wandering from Nursing Homes

Has your loved one suffered injuries or death after leaving a nursing home unsupervised or being left to wander in a GEORGIA nursing home?

narsinfhome1When long-term care residents are not properly supervised and allowed to move about or away from a facility on their own, they are at risk for suffering serious injuries and even death. Nursing home elopement and wandering are related concepts, and in most cases is a result of poor supervision by staff.

  • Elopement refers to a resident’s ability to leave the facility unsupervised and unnoticed, putting the resident’s safety in danger.
  • Wandering refers to aimless movement throughout the facility where the resident puts his safety at risk due to an inability to appreciate danger.

Nursing homes are required to provide each resident with the appropriate level of supervision to address elopement and wandering behaviors. If a resident has a tendency to wander or has tried to leave the nursing home on his or her own, the nursing homes must recognize these behaviors and implement a care plan with measures to prevent the resident from leaving or wandering. This may include:

  • operating with sufficient staff
  • ensuring all exit doors have alarms and that they work properly
  • ensure that staff are educated on how to respond to these alarms

When nursing home staff members fail to implement measures to address wandering or elopement behaviors, residents are at a higher risk for falls, exposure to harsh weather conditions, and other significant dangers.

If you believe that a loved one suffered injuries as a result of negligence, it is important to take action early to protect your rights. Feel free to call Georgia nursing home abuse attorney, Julian Lewis Sanders at 855-JSANDERS for a confidential and free nursing home case consultation.

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