If you have an elderly loved one with dementia, Alzheimer's or another cognitive disorder, you've likely had to face the difficult decision of placing them in a specialized care facility. They're supposed to be safe in their new environment. They're supposed to be monitored and supervised so they can't inadvertently hurt themselves. That's why you sent them there in the first place.
When you find out they've wandered off — or even worse, wandered away and got injured or died — you feel betrayed. Why wasn't anyone watching them? Wasn't it supposed to be a secured unit? Isn't it their one and only job to keep your loved one safe?
Keeping Wander-Risk Patients Safe
Wandering is a major concern among elderly patients with:
- Memory loss
- Poor spatial reasoning
- Inability to communicate
Professional care facilities should have systems in place for managing these residents. Inadequate supervision and understaffing are almost always contributing factors when a resident goes missing.
The Serious Harms That Can Befall Vulnerable Residents
At Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we have seen these unfortunate situations unfold when nursing homes and assisted living facilities are negligent. Vulnerable adults can also wander off — or get left behind — during excursions from group homes and adult day care centers.
These residents wander where they're not supposed to or escape the facility entirely (called elopement) because the staff members weren't doing their jobs. Then, because they're not able to watch out for themselves, they end up suffering serious setbacks after:
- Getting hit by cars
- Getting assaulted by sexual predators
- Becoming dehydrated or malnourished
- Missing critical medication doses
- Suffering panic attacks and extreme anxiety
Our lawyers are committed to seeking justice on behalf of these vulnerable seniors and their families. We believe that nursing homes and other facilities should have to answer for their lack of care — especially when it results in harm.
Get In Touch
Discuss your loved one's situation with an attorney during a free consultation. Call 305-670-2000 to speak with a staff member at our Miami office. We represent seniors and vulnerable adults across Florida.