Nusing Home Investigated After Resident Found Dead in Nearby Creek

The State Department of Aging and Disability Services is investigating a nursing home after an patient at the facility disappeared and was found dead a week later. On July 8, police issued an alert that the 78-year-old Alzheimer's patient was missing.

Administrators at the facility told the man's family they were searching for man, but his family had also begun searching on their own. A week later, the man's son spotted his father's body in a creek at a nearby park. The park was just four blocks from the nursing home where his father had disappeared.

The elderly man was supposed to be wearing an ankle monitor to prevent him from leaving the facility, it is unclear whether he was wearing the monitor at the time he left the facility. The Department of Aging and Disability Services is stepping in and have begun an investigation, in part, because they were not notified of the resident's disappearance until six days after he went missing. 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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