Dementia Patient Dies After Jumping Out of Second Story Window

The state Department of Health cited the a senior living facility following after a female dementia patient jumped from a second story window to her death. The Department of Health is now requiring the facility to move its Memory Care Unit to the first floor of the facility.The state attorney General's office has investigated the matter and found no criminal involvement, however the victim's family is suing for neglect.

The woman's family chose to have her admitted to the memory care unit in February. The specifically wanted to keep her safe after she had recently wandered away from home. Unfortunately, the family said th

at in the past they had noticed the woman's window was unlocked but that the facility had promised to fix it. The evening before the woman's deadly fall, she had been seen fidgeting with her window at 2 a.m. 

The employee who saw her messing with the window, says she stayed with the woman until she fell back asleep. The next morning the woman was missing from her room. Another resident of the facility said that the woman had come into her room, kicked out the screen and jumped out the window with a suitcase. The dementia patient was found on the ground below with a shattered ankle and suffering a brain hemorrhage. She died three days later. 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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