According to the Alzheimer’s Association six in 10 people with dementia will wander. Residents who wander may seem like they are moving about aimlessly. However, wanderers tend toward a specific place or object, and will usually go to that place or search for that object on a persistent basis.
Wandering for this population is a serious problem. The resident can become disoriented and end up in an unfamiliar place without remembering their name or address. They could also be prone to significant injuries from falls or accidents including fractures, broken bones, and concussions. They could also potentially run the risk of missing a dose of a critical medication.
Nursing homes or any facility with an Azheimer’s wing should have precautionary and preventative measures in place to prevent wandering. If your loved one is at risk for wandering, you should become familiar with these measures and make sure staff members are familiar with them, and that they are followed. Some measures include alarms on doors, wrists, or ankles, as well as increased staff supervision.
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If your loved one was injured because you believe the nursing home where your loved one resides did not follow the necessary protocols to prevent wandering, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078. If your loved one is injured as a result of nursing home negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of care and family duties
- Loss of the victim’s earnings
- Wrongful death
- Funeral expenses for the victim