Wandering & Elopement from Nursing Homes
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According to the American Health Care Association, about 50% of nursing home residents suffer from some form of dementia. Wandering and elopement are common among nursing home residents, and pose an extremely dangerous threat, especially to those suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia. If your loved one is suffering from consistent elopement or wandering episodes, this may actually be a sign of nursing home negligence.
If your elderly loved one has suffered as a result of neglect in their nursing home, you need to seek counsel. The Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have resolved over 10,000 cases nationwide since 1985 and have recovered millions for our clients. We can travel throughout the U.S. to provide trusted and respected representation and counsel.
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Planning For Wandering & Elopement
A unique and thorough care plan must be established for every nursing home resident. The risk of wandering, elopement, and unexplainable absences must be considered in the creation of this plan. Residents with Alzheimer's and dementia are most at risk, and must be carefully monitored at all times. Special precautions need to be made in these cases; as these illnesses progress at very rapid rates and patients require increasing attention from nursing home staff.
Learn the differences between wandering and elopement:
- Unsafe wandering is often associated with dementia, and occurs when a resident aimlessly and confusedly travels throughout the nursing home or other assisted living facility.
- Elopement occurs when a resident leaves the nursing home grounds without authorization or supervision. Residents may leave in a state of confusion, believing they have to get to work, school, or home to their families.
Wandering and elopement have frightening consequences, including severe injury to oneself or others, and death. Elopement, in particular, may result in the resident going missing for hours or even days at a time.
How to Prevent Wandering & Elopement
Recent technological developments may help in the prevention of wandering and elopement. Special bracelets have chips embedded in them so that if a resident wanders past a certain distance, an alarm sounds or doors lock automatically. Request an overview of your loved one's nursing home wandering behavior program.
If a resident prone to wandering, ask the nursing home staff to take them on frequent, guided walks. The benefits of a regular walking program include increased circulation and oxygenation, interaction with others, and exercising of the muscles. One study found a 30% reduction in cases of aggression and restlessness in dementia patients within 24 hours following an early-evening walking program.
Negligent Nursing Home Staff May Overlook Wandering
It is required by law that nursing home employees provide proper supervision to residents in order to prevent elopement or wandering.
The following may indicate negligent nursing staff:
- No wandering plans in place
- Lack of wandering management
- No prevention of wandering
- Little or no response to incidences of wandering
- Use of physical restraints to prevent wandering
Physical restraints are an unacceptable and misguided method of prevention and usually indicate that there are other forms of abuse occurring. The use of restraints has extremely negative effects, such as the development of infection, physical deterioration, and increased agitation. Employees who are compelled to such measures are usually not properly trained or are overworked or underpaid.
Our Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Stand Up for You
A nursing home company, especially one that operates for profit, may employ fewer workers than necessary in order to increase revenue. In cases of consistent and dangerous resident elopement or wandering, the nursing home may be liable for elder abuse. Failure to tailor residents' care to prevent such acts, or using physical restraints, indicates elder abuse and poses a serious safety risk.
If your loved one suffered injuries due to wandering or elopement, or nursing home abuse or neglect of any kind, you may be entitled to compensation. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm knows that the safety of your loved one is a top priority, which is why we fight to ensure nursing homes are held accountable for their safety and security standards.
Contact our nursing home abuse lawyers in Chicago for proven representation anywhere in the country: (800) 774-7120. Our team travels to you!