Residents Wandering Off From A Nursing Home: A Sign Of Neglect

If a loved one wandered away from a nursing home and suffered an injury as a result, you may be able to recover compensation from the facility.

At The Gold Law Firm in Memphis, Tennessee, our lawyers represent people who are injured due to nursing home abuse. If your family member suffered a serious injury or died after wandering away from a licensed care facility, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Elopement: A Sign Of Nursing Home Neglect

Elopement (wandering away from a care facility) is often a preventable occurrence that the nursing home failed to prevent. Licensed care facilities such as nursing homes have a responsibility to evaluate the care and supervision needs of their residents. Residents who suffer Alzheimer's or dementia-related ailments are at risk for elopement.

Reasonable steps a nursing home can take to prevent residents from wandering away include:

  • Periodic checks on residents
  • Identification bracelets and tags on residents who are at risk of elopement
  • Secured exit doors
  • Fenced yards
  • Staff supervision
  • Placement in a secured Alzheimer's ward

Most elopements happen in the late afternoon or evening hours when staff members are not around. In most cases, an elopement leading to serious injury or death was not the first time the resident wandered away from the facility.

The longer a resident is away from a facility, the more likely he or she is to suffer a serious injury from:

  • A slip-and-fall
  • Exposure to heat or cold
  • Being struck by a car
  • Drowning
  • Assault

Schedule A Free Initial Consultation With An Elopement Attorney

If your loved was injured after wandering away from a nursing home, please email or call us at 901-303-8619 or 800-610-9622 to speak with an attorney who cares.

You pay no attorney fees unless we secure a favorable outcome in your case.