Wandering Woman Found Five Hours After "Escape" From Nursing Home

Thursday brought an early morning scare for the family of an 80-year-old woman who went missing from her nursing home around 5:30 a.m.

Attendants at the home heard the alarm go off from someone opening one of the doors. They soon realized that the woman, who suffers from high blood pressure and memory loss, was missing.

Sheriff deputies, Metro police and emergency management crew were out searching for her for five hours.

Shortly before noon a search team found the woman around the corner from the nursing home in the back yard of a home.

"I'm just glad she didn't meet with some type of problem or animal or something like that, but she's okay," said her son.

A resident wandering away from the facility is considered an "unusual incident," and the nursing home has 7 days to report it to the state. The state can then begin an investigation if it believes one is needed. 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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