Nursing homes are bound by state and federal statutes to provide adequate safety and care for their residents. This includes providing adequate security and preventing residents from wandering off the premises. If your loved one has been injured due to nursing home negligence that resulted in wandering off or elopement, the attorneys at DeLuca & Weizenbaum are here to help you explore your legal options. We are experienced advocates for abused and neglected elders in Rhode Island.
Contact us today online or by telephone at 888-876-9415 to speak with an experienced Rhode Island wandering and elopement attorney.
The Dangers of Wandering Off
When elderly nursing home residents wander off the premises of the facility, they are exposed to all of the dangers the nursing home is supposed to be protecting them from.
- Getting hurt in traffic
- Exposure to the elements
- Falling accidents
- Robbery and assault
- Lack of necessary medication
Nursing homes have a number of means of preventing residents from wandering off, including effective use of restraints. They should provide added security measures for residents who are mobile and prone to elopement. Electronic restraints such as ankle bands should be tested and maintained regularly.
Nursing homes must also protect their residents from outside dangers. Regulations mandate the use of proper security measures such as lighting, door locks, alarms and security cameras. When dangerous criminals are allowed access to elderly nursing home residents, the residents are not able to defend themselves. Security and staff must be adequate to protect them from harm.
Contact Us · Providence Inadequate Supervision Lawyers
Contact us online or by telephone at 888-876-9415 to speak with an experienced Rhode Island nursing home negligence lawyer. Our offices are conveniently located right off Interstate 95 in Providence with ample parking available. We are available to schedule evening and weekend appointments if necessary, and we can travel to your home or hospital if you cannot come to our office due to your injuries.