Nursing Home Policies Updated To Account Prevent Future Wandering Deaths

New nursing home policies and procedures to increase safety of patients have been proposed after a patient wandered from the facility and died of hypothermia.  The patient had dementia and collapsed in the parking lot of the nursing home facility where she resided.  Her body was found by a snow plow driver.

The new policies and procedures include installation of a door alert system, reassessment of needs of patients in danger of wandering, and retraining on how to identify missing patients.  Learning that a nursing home worker falsely documented checking on the patient, management rounds are also being implemented to check for missing patients.   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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