Yes, if a loved one wanders or elopes (leaving the nursing home undetected) while in the care of a nursing home and is killed or suffers injuries, a nursing home neglect lawsuit can be filed against that Michigan nursing home. Lawsuits for resident wandering can be filed against skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, memory care units, and Adult Foster Care Homes (AFC Homes).
A well-run, ethical nursing home or other facility will have a procedure in place to identify patients at risk of wandering – also called eloping – due to dementia symptoms. This procedure will include methods for assessing risks, individualized treatment plans to prevent wandering, and staff training to ensure all team members observe the best practices for safety. The physical facility will also be built with safe elopement prevention in mind, including security locks on key doors, secure elevators and monitoring equipment. A patient who elopes from a facility due to improper security or under qualified staff is a victim of negligence and failed supervision.