Why Do Nursing Home Residents Wander Off?
There are different reasons why a nursing home patient might leave the facility without the knowledge of the staff. For example:
- Sometimes this is the result of inadequate training of nursing home staff.
- Other times it occurs when an inadequate number of properly trained staff members are assigned to care for the residents.
Regardless of the cause, when a nursing home fails to prevent a resident from wandering away from the facility, that resident can suffer serious injuries or even death as a result.
Some potential types of harm that could befall the resident include:
- Exposure to cold or harsh weather
- Other dangerous situations