Some residents may be forgetful and will walk aimlessly around the facility. A nursing home should monitor these people to make sure they are not a danger to themselves or others.
Wandering off (also called elopement) is a recurring issue for nursing homes. Patients with limited strength or with dementia wander off the premises. Because it is a frequent issue, nursing homes should be prepared to prevent wandering off and elopement. When a loved one suffers serious injury or wrongful death from wandering off, contact a nursing home neglect lawyer at NST.
Nursing homes should have systems and training in place to deal with elopement. Without careful monitoring, a patient can walk out the door and into the desert heat or into traffic. Or the patient could get confused and lost. At NST nursing home neglect law firm, we have handled cases in which wandering off resulted in serious injury and wrongful death.