Maryland Elopement Attorneys
Elopement is a term used to describe when a nursing home, or assisted living home, resident wanders off on their own, without being escorted by a staff or family member. Elopement, and wandering off, can place your loved ones in very dangerous situations and is a direct result of nursing home negligence. If your loved one has suffered an injury due to eloping or wandering off you may be entitled to benefits and compensation. It is a wise move for you to speak with a Maryland lawyer handling nursing home elopement cases.
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What Constitutes Wandering And Eloping
There is a difference between wandering and eloping. When a resident wanders, or wanders off, they do not have a specific destination in mind. They may also be oblivious to their environment, surroundings and potential safety hazards.
A resident who is eloping is intent on doing something outside of the building or off of the premises. They may attempt to leave repeatedly due to their motives.
Assessing Risk Factors Associated With Elopement
Ensuring that your loved ones do not wander off is a collaborative effort between the nursing home staff, their doctors and family members. The nursing home staff should properly and effectively assess wandering and elopement risk factors and employ appropriate care plans and measures. Risk factors for wandering and elopement include are:
History of elopement or wandering off
Diminished or altered cognitive state such as Alzheimers or Dementia
Not wanting to be in a nursing home
If your loved ones elope it should be properly documented by the nursing home staff. They should also be given additional supervision by the staff. If this does not happen your loved ones may be the victims of nursing home negligence. Proper care may be as simple as bed, chair and door alarms, and ensuring exits are locked and monitored.
Fighting For Your Rights If Your Loved Ones Wander Off
California nursing home residents that elope, or wander off, are very susceptible to various situations that can cause them serious injury or death. These include:
Exposure to the elements and weather
Allowing a resident to elope or wander away from a California nursing home constitutes nursing home neglect and may entitle you to benefits and compensation. You should immediately consult with a Maryland nursing home neglect attorney if your loved one suffered injuries due to wandering off or eloping.
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