Nursing Home Allows Second Resident to Wander From Facility in 2012

A 58-year-old mentally ill man was found at a truck stop earlier this week about three hours after he was reported missing his nursing home. The same nursing home had a resident wander away from the facility and die earlier this year. The resident, who suffers from schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, was found by staff members at the truck stop.

In January, a 77-year-resident at the facility walked away from the home and was found dead two days later in a heavily wooded creek about a block from the facility. The State Department of Public Health recommended that federal regulators fine the facility at least $50,500 in connection with the residents death.

Additionally, officials from the Department of Public Health investigated the nursing home last month after a resident overdosed Feb. 11. According to police, the resident, who was in his 40s, had taken pills that had not yet been prescribed by a physician. With respect to this weeks incident, police have said they will contact the appropriate regulatory agencies and inform them of the incident. 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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