Wandering Falls

West Tennessee Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: Wandering and Falls

Memphis nursing home negligence attorneys protecting the rights of our elders for more than 25 years

Wandering and elopement are common problems in nursing homes, especially when the residents are suffering from later stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Sometimes families who have been caring for elderly loved ones at home will choose to place them in a nursing home when it becomes clear that they are unable to keep them safe from wandering off.

At the law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we support you in your effort to keep your loved one safe and well cared for in a nursing home. Our nursing home negligence attorneys in Jackson and Memphis have experience investigating incidents related to falls and other injuries sustained while a resident wandered off or left the premises. We can hold the responsible party liable for their injuries.

Causes and prevention of falls in nursing homes

Falls occur at nursing homes quite frequently. Although many falls go unreported, nursing homes with 100 beds typically report 100 to 200 falls each year, according to the Patient Safety Partnership. The Centers for Disease Control claims about 1,800 elders who live in nursing homes die each year from injuries related to falls. Those who survive the fall sustain serious injuries that result in permanent injury and reduce their quality of life. As the number of seniors living in nursing homes rises, so will the number of injuries and deaths related to falls.

Some of the more common causes of falls in nursing homes include:

  • Muscle weakness and problems walking
  • Environmental hazards in the nursing home including wet floors, poor lighting and poorly maintained wheelchairs
  • Over-medicated patients, and patients who are being chemically restrained are at a greater risk for falling
  • Poor foot care, poorly fitting shoes
  • Improper use of walking aids
  • Failure to monitor patients at-risk for falling
  • Inadequate staff training
  • Improper transfer techniques by staff members

Wandering and elopement in nursing facilities throughout West Tennessee

Nursing homes are charged with maintaining a safe environment for residents. Often residents who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease tend to become disoriented and wander off. If there is inadequate supervision or security and the resident makes it out of the building they could easily fall and hurt themselves, get hit by a car, or get lost on the grounds of the facility.

If you have a loved one that you know has a tendency to go wandering off, the administration and staff must be made aware of this fact and they must protect your family member from harming themselves. Nursing homes have all kinds of tools and procedures to guard against elopement such as:

  • Body alarms on the patient, their bed and on exterior doors
  • Video monitoring of all exit doors
  • Supervision of those residents known to wander

If your loved one has suffered an injury such as a broken hip from a fall after wandering away from a nursing home, you may be able to take legal action against the facility. At Bailey & Greer, our first priority is getting justice for our clients. You don’t have to worry about legal fees because we take clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t pay any legal fees until we get compensation for you.

Contact our Memphis nursing home abuse attorneys today

At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we stand up for the rights of our elders and we fight for their right to receive compensation when they have been injured by those who are supposed to be taking care of them. We handle your case with compassion while we relentlessly pursue those at fault in your loved one’s injuries. You may call us at 901-680-9777 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer serving Memphis, Jackson and the surrounding areas.