Facility Investigated After Resident's Wandering Death

A state investigation into the death of an 84-year-old assisted living resident has resulted in the determination that conditions at the facility at the time constituted a “real and present danger” to residents. The resident was found dead after having wandered away from her room early April 9.  She died of apparent hypothermia in the facility’s parking lot about 6:30 a.m.
The resident was cognitively impaired and exhibited wandering tendencies, according to an investigation by the Department of Health. At the time of the woman's death, only one resident-care assistant, was on duty. According to police, a facility alarm system designed to alert employees when a door opened may not have been working properly.

On April 3, another female resident at the same facility crawled out her bedroom window. She was seen by a neighbor who called reported the incident to police. She was returned to the facility by police. 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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