What Can Nursing Homes Do to Prevent Elopement?

Older woman embracing her elderly mother

When an older loved one is in a nursing home, their safety and well-being should always be the highest priority. Unfortunately, elopement among those residing in nursing homes continues to be an issue of concern.

Elopement is a serious offense as it puts the resident's safety at risk and, if left unaddressed, can result in physical injury or even death. The team at the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., LLC looks into how nursing homes can prevent elopement from occurring in the first place and what options are available if your loved one eloped.

Identify Factors That Increase the Risk of Elopement

Elopement is too common among residents in nursing homes, with older adults being at risk, including those with:

  • Memory loss;
  • Wandering behavior patterns;
  • Limited vision; and,
  • Hearing impairments.

To ensure your loved one is safe and secure, it is vital to identify those factors that may contribute to an increased likelihood of elopement and have relevant measures in place to mitigate risks.

Strategies to Reduce Elopement Risks

Taking the necessary steps to prevent elopement risks in nursing homes is paramount. While it can seem daunting to begin creating a plan, developing strategies to reduce these risks is feasible and beneficial for the residents and facility staff. Providing 24-hour supervision and monitoring are key components of this plan. When careful observation is taken, and support personnel remains vigilant, elopement risks can be reduced significantly. If an individual does decide to leave, having a handbook or protocols in place can provide guidance for responding quickly and appropriately. With planning, dedication, and compassion, nursing homes have the potential to create safer environments for those in their care.

Options if Elopement Results in an Injury or Death

Losing a loved one is difficult, and the circumstances of their death are incredibly devastating, especially if it was due to negligence. In cases of elopement from nursing homes that resulted in injury or death, it's important to seek professional help from a nursing home attorney. They can provide legal guidance and necessary resources to help you through this trying time and ensure your loved one receives justice.

Our compassionate attorneys at the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., LLC have the experience to ensure your family receives justice if your loved one has suffered due to negligence or lack of attention. Do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team for further information or assistance if your loved one was hurt in a nursing home. (816) 597-4556