Facility Cited for Neglect After Investigation Into Wandering Death

The Department of Public Health in one state has issued eight citations against a nursing home after a 77-year-old resident was found dead of hypothermia after wandering from the facility.

The resident, who had been diagnosed with dementia and heart disease, wandered away from the home two other times in the months leading up to his death, but the facility failed to provide him with a patient monitoring device, according to the investigation report.

The man went missing one January day and his body was found two days later partially submerged in a creek a block from the facility. According to a preliminary autopsy, the man died of hypothermia. 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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