Our Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys are experts at investigating cases involving wandering and elopement cases from a nursing home or assisted living facility. “Unsafe wandering is wandering that is disruptive to other residents or places the wandering resident or other residents at risk of harm. Elopement occurs when a resident successfully leaves the nursing facility undetected and unsupervised, and enters into harm’s way.”
Wandering can be a safe exercise for one resident, but an extremely dangerous and even deadly for another resident. Wandering and elopement occur when a resident successfully leaves the nursing facility undetected and unsupervised and enters into harm’s way. It is the nursing homes responsibility to provide proper supervision for at-risk wandering patients. When proper supervision is not provided by nursing homes, it can result in severe injuries and even death of a patient. When a patient elopes or wonders from a nursing home and is injured or dies, it can give rise to a lawsuit for nursing home neglect.
Procedures Necessary for the Safety of Wandering and Elopement Patients
Michigan nursing homes who have dementia patients must provide the barriers necessary to keep confused or agitated patients safe, while maintaining safe free movement necessary for patients without any risk factors. Statistics state that around 31% of nursing home residents with dementia wander at least once. Wandering and elopement away from the facility can lead to serious injury and even death. A well-run, safe nursing home will have a policies and procedure in place to identify patients at risk of wandering due to dementia symptoms.
Procedure should include:
- methods for assessing risks
- individualized treatment plans to prevent wandering
- staff training to ensure all team members observe the best practices for safety
Safety Measure to Prevent Wandering and Elopement
- security locks on key doors
- secure elevators and monitoring equipment
- create a stimulating environment that includes exercise and walking programs which will reduced aggressive behavior
Our No Fee Promise for Michigan wandering and Elopement Cases
We will represent you in your Michigan nursing home neglect case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Your Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Attorney
If your family member suffered serious injuries or even death due to walking away from the nursing home, you should contact our nursing home neglect attorneys immediately to discuss your case. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys about your case.