Some people like to explore. They like wandering, stretching their legs and escaping the confines of their rooms. Indeed, patients are entitled to move about freely. However, to keep patients safe when they walk about—and to keep other patients safe—it is important that the nursing home implement adequate safeguards.
When a nursing home accepts a person who has a tendency to wander, they are responsible for keeping that person safe. Wandering patients who are neglected can injure themselves or other patients. Nursing homes should have and use systems and procedures, including:
- Lockdown units: Patients who have a tendency to wander off should be placed in units where all doors to the outside are locked.
- Secure windows: If a patient is a known wanderer, the windows in their room should not have the ability to open far enough for a person to fall out.
- Adequate staffing: Without proper staffing, a patient who wanders out of safety may go unnoticed.
Contact a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer
Patients are entitled to freedom of movement, and proper precautionary measures should be taken to protect them as they move about. When you entrust your loved one to the care of a nursing home, it is with the expectation that they will be taken care of. If your loved one is suffering from restrictions to his or her mobility or has been injured because adequate safeguards were not put in place, we can help. Contact us online or call 856-596-4100 to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.