Kentucky Nursing Home Wandering and Elopement
Our team of Kentucky nursing home neglect lawyers is prepared to investigate claims involving nursing home resident wandering and elopement. If your loved one has suffered injuries or death after leaving a nursing home unsupervised or being left to wander in a Kentucky nursing home, please contact us today.
When long-term care residents are not properly supervised and allowed to move about or away from a Kentucky skilled nursing 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 are 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. Our lawyers will handle Kentucky nursing home elopement cases.
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 (1) operating with sufficient staff, (2) ensuring all exit doors have alarms and that they work properly and (3) ensuring 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.
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