Assisted Living Facility Resident Found Wandering Along Busy Highway

An assisted living facility was ordered by the state Department of Health to increase its alarm system after a dementia patient was found wandering along a busy highway. After the incident, investigators determined the facilities security and alarm system were inadequate in warning staff to the resident’s wandering tendencies.

The facility was found to have neglected the patient’s supervision. The resident was noted to wander out of the facility eleven times in a year and a half time period. On June 9, two facility employees received a report from a “community member” who noticed the man wandering a quarter mile away from the facility. The two employees found the man and drove him back to the facility.  Additionally, the incident was not reported to state officials. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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