Nursing Home Wandering or Elopement
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Nursing homes and other elder care facilities are intended to be safe,
caring environments for elderly individuals who are no longer able to
care for themselves. The unfortunate truth, however, is that many of these
facilities neglect their residents, which can lead to accidents, injury, or even
death. Anyone who has suffered from
nursing home abuse—or who has an elderly loved one who has experienced such
neglect—has the right to take legal action.
Schroeter Goldmark & Bender has helped individuals and families in thousands of these cases since
1969 and we are here to help you, too.
Has your elderly loved one been injured in a nursing home?
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What Is Wandering / Elopement?
Wandering or elopement is a common behavior shown by individuals with dementia,
such as Alzheimer’s patients. Generally speaking, “wandering”
is defined by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) as:
“Meandering, aimless, or repetitive locomotion that exposes the individual
to harm; frequently incongruent with boundaries, limits, or obstacles.”
In most cases of wandering or elopement, the individual is trying to fulfill
a perceived need, such as a need to use the bathroom or a need to “go
home.” As a result, he or she wanders around—or in some cases,
away from the facility—in an attempt to fulfill or to seek the solution
to their perceived need.
How Is Wandering a Form of Nursing Home Neglect?
Elopement is a form of nursing home neglect because it results from a gross
lack of supervision or attention to safety by the nursing home staff.
When a nursing home resident wanders down the hallways unsupervised or
slips out the door unnoticed, he or she is much more likely to suffer from a
fall and serious injuries. In elopement cases where the elderly individuals
wander away from the nursing home facility, they can suffer from health
complications due to exposure to the weather, or to traffic and other dangers.
Steps to Take if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
Do you believe that your elderly loved one is being neglected in a Washington
nursing home? Act now to prevent any further abuse and to get compensation
for any wrongful injuries. First, call a nursing home neglect lawyer in
Washington to guide you through the process. You will then need to compile
any evidence of neglect that you can so that you can file a solid claim.
Schroeter Goldmark & Bender has protected the rights of nursing home
residents and their families since 1969. We have handled literally thousands
of cases and have a reputation as one of the Pacific Northwest’s
premier trial law firms. Our lawyers are here to help you seek justice
and recover the compensation that your case deserves.