Will Your Family Member Elope?
We usually think of eloping as something that two people may decide to do instead of having a wedding. They "run away" to get married. But elopement from a nursing home is dangerous.
People who suffer from some form of dementia are confused; they do not have a strong sense of where they are and even how old they are. So, they are not capable of looking out for their own safety.
A resident in a nursing home is there because she needs help. She needs to rehab from an injury, or she needs more constant care than her family can give her. The nursing home agrees to provide that care.
If the nursing home agrees to accept her as a resident and one of her conditions is some sort of mental incapacity, then the nursing home is responsible for caring for that person, the one with diminished mental capacity. And, the nursing home is in the best position to know how to keep that person safe.
Ask lots of questions, especially about the facility's elopement prevention procedure. If it accepts residents who are elopement risks, someone should be stationed at every door, every day and every night. No one can accurately predict when someone will decide to take a walk, and someone must be there to stop her.
If you have a loved one who eloped from a nursing home and was injured or died, you should speak to a nursing home lawyer. Give us a call at 703-260-6070, or email [email protected]. We can answer your questions and share information that will be helpful to you.
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