Wandering or Elopement
Many elderly individuals in nursing homes suffer from dementia or other conditions that impair their cognitive functioning, causing the resident to become confused about where they are and why they are in a nursing home. When this happens the individual in question may roam the facility’s halls and grounds, or they may even leave the premises. Doing so can put their health and safety at risk by exposing them to extreme temperatures, busy roadways or dangerous neighborhoods — especially if they are unable to remember how to return to their nursing home, become ill, or fall and get hurt. You need to have a qualified attorney by your side when filing a lawsuit alleging improper monitoring by healthcare professionals.
With more than 110 years of combined experience protecting the rights of injured individuals, the attorneys of Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. are well equipped to represent clients in nursing home negligence cases involving wandering or elopement. Our team provides diligent service, and a lawyer or skilled staff member from our firm is always available if you have questions about the status of your case.What is the difference between wandering and elopement?
While some use these terms interchangeably, nursing home residents who elope from a building and nursing home residents who wander often have different motives.
- When wandering, residents do not have a specific destination in mind and may be unaware of their surroundings or personal safety.
- When eloping, residents believe they must go or do something outside the building. Motives make them more likely to attempt to leave on a frequent basis.
Nursing home employees should be aware of a patient’s likelihood to elope or wander based on the patient’s care plan. When employees fail to diligently watch over individuals prone to wandering and the resident becomes hurt, the nursing home can be held liable for an employee’s negligence. A lawyer from Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. can help you determine whether the actions of the nursing home professionals constitute neglect on their part.Committed to justice and patient safety for injury victims since 1988
Located across the street from the Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana, the injury law firm of Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. stands by your side through every step of your case. We are located just 30 miles outside Chicago. Call us at 219.769.6393 or contact us online to tell us about your injury. We look forward to speaking with you.