Wandering & Elopement
Elder Abuse in Sacramento, CA
In cases where an elderly person is in need of care—whether it is at home, in a nursing home, or in an assisted living facility-it may be due to cognitive loss, such as patients suffering from Alzheimer's. Patients in these conditions may need special supervision in order to prevent unnecessary wandering because they may enter into a harmful situation without being aware of the danger. Even elderly people who don't suffer from cognitive loss can wander, certain that they are in control of the situation. If they do not return, it is called "elopement." Any caretaker who demonstrates negligence by letting the patient wander or elope may be held responsible for elder abuse. Obtain the representation you deserve from a Sacramento elder abuse attorny at Newman Law Group, LLP today.
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After discovering that someone you love may be suffering from elder abuse, you may be emotionally overwhelmed. However, the most important decision you can make at this time is to hire a competent attorney. Newman Law Group, LLP could provide excellent legal counsel, guiding you through this difficult time and fighting for justice on behalf of your loved one. Your case evaluation is absolutely free, so don't hesitate to contact our offices as soon as possible.
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Common Causes of Wandering in Nursing Homes
The symptom of wandering can be an especially frightening experience not only to an elderly person but to their family members seeking their best interest. There are several reasons that an elderly person might be prone to wander.
Some of the most common causes of the wandering that occurs in nursing homes include:
- Stress, fear, or anxiety: If an environment is overstimulating or unfamiliar, or if an elderly person hears a loud noise, they might try to escape the environment causing them fear.
- Searching for an item: While looking for a person or an object, an elderly person might get lost.
- Boredom: If there is nothing to engage an elderly person’s interest, he or she might wander from sheer boredom or curiosity.
- Basic requirements and needs: Elderly people often are just trying to find the bathroom or some food and get lost along the way.
Dangers of Wandering
While many elderly people who wander return safely, there has sadly been an increasing number of injuries and deaths related to wandering incidents. Cars, trucks, and other vehicles account for many of these accidents, but slips and falls or even being caught in risky weather conditions can lead to severe injury, illness, or fatality. Many of those who wander do not know that they are lost, and thus do not ask for help. Alternatively, they may realize they are lost, but cannot ask for directions because they cannot remember important information, from their name to their address. Usually, elderly people do not alert anyone that they are leaving and often do not leave clues to where they are going.
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In elder abuse or nursing home abuse cases, it is vitally important to retain a firm with extensive experience and reputable credentials. At Newman Law Group, LLP, we have years of legal experience and have been highly recognized for our excellence and ethics. Find out for yourself how we could help with wandering and elopement by consulting with a member of our team today.
Contact Newman Law Group, LLP immediately if your elderly loved one is being allowed to wander unchecked. They could suffer injury unless you hold the negligent party responsible.
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