Nursing Home Fined for Neglect After Dementia Patient was Found Two-Blocks from Facility

A nursing home has been cited for neglect by the State Department of Health after a resident left the building unattended. The facility was subsequently investigated for failing to provide adequate supervision to a resident with dementia and severe cognitive impairment.

The incident occurred September 2011 when a resident left the facility early one morning. Staff failed to respond to the resident's alarm because they were busy, according to the investigative report. The resident’s care plan indicated that she was not to be outside unattended.

A volunteer noticed the resident was missing approximately fifteen minutes after she wandered away. The resident was later found in a residential area about two blocks from the facility. 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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