Nursing Home Patient With Alzheimer's Freezes To Death at 94 Years

A nursing home patient with Alzheimer’s is dead after wandering outside the nursing home doors. Severe temperatures coupled with hypothermia were the cause of the patient's death. A snow plow driver found the 94-year-old woman in the parking lot and immediately called to notify his boss.

A recorded call was made for an ambulance. "We have a resident who we just located outside not breathing, cold," said the nursing home director. "She looks like she might have fell out in the parking and has been out here for a little bit." The dispatcher asked, "Is she breathing?”, to which he answered, "no."  The family brought the patient to the nursing home, because of its specialized focus on Alzheimer's and dementia care.  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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