When Nursing Homes Fail To Prevent Wandering And Elopement

As a result of impaired cognitive conditions, many nursing home residents are susceptible to wandering or elopement from facilities. Wandering and elopement can lead to significant and sometimes fatal consequences. As a result, it is of the utmost importance for our loved ones to be monitored carefully by nursing home staff to help prevent wandering and elopement.

Wandering and elopement can not only lead to a resident suffering a serious fall, but can, and has resulted, in residents walking the streets alone. This can happen when a cognitively impaired resident, not knowing any better, walks through a door to get outside. Confused, these residents don't know how to get back to safety, and often end up getting seriously injured in the process.

Preventing Wandering

Nursing homes, and other medical facilities, have a duty to protect residents from elopement and wandering. The fact is, most falls are preventable with appropriate care and supervision from trained staff. Things to make sure staff are doing for your loved one who is at an increased risk for wandering and elopement includes:

  • Ask staff about a wander guard, which will alert staff if a resident tries to ambulate to a location he shouldn't be in
  • Ask staff about moving your loved one to a secured floor, or a floor without direct access to the elements

We Can Help You And Your Loved One: Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one was injured after eloping from an Illinois nursing home or hospital, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your specific legal options with an experienced attorney from Rosenberg, Eisenberg & Associates, LLC, please call us at 847-640-1676 or complete our online contact form. You pay no fees unless we win.