According to research, 72 percent of elderly patients that live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and or taken care of by their family tend to wander and will do it again. Of the 72 percent, most of these patients are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, totaling approximately 16 million people in the United States. Alzheimer’s and Dementia cause a patient to have problems with memory loss, confusion and trouble communicating.
When a resident successfully leaves the nursing home or assisted living facility the possibility of entering into harm’s way is large, and many of times serious injury or even death can result. Types of injuries that can result from wandering include but are not limited to brain injuries or a broken hip or rib bone.
According to WebMD.com, these are some helpful tips you can use to help prevent someone you know from wandering such as:
- Install new locks on your doors and windows.
- Install bars on your windows, if appropriate.
- Install a fence
- Hang bells on the door knobs.
- Make sure the person always carries an ID.
- Wear bright clothing.
- Use radio tracking devices.
- Know your neighbors.
- Put up signs on doors that say “Stop” or “Do Not Enter.”
- Increase physical activity.
- Reduce napping and caffeinated drinks.
Legal Rights After Wandering Away From a Nursing Home in Michigan
With proper precautions and supervision, injuries and wandering deaths are entirely preventable. In fact, the facility should be properly staffed and set up so that the chance of a resident attempting to walk away does not happen. Nursing homes are expected to assess the risk of their residents, accommodate those risks by providing care to meet the needs of their residents and promote a healthy and safe environment.
Claims for injuries suffered when a resident wanders from a nursing home in Michigan may be brought against the nursing home or assisted living facility responsible for the supervision of that resident. When a resident dies from wandering from nursing home, a wrongful death lawsuit can be sought.
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