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Wandering Off and Elopement

When we send a loved one to a nursing home, we expect that he or she will be treated with kindness, dignity and respect. We assume that nursing home staff will take special precautions to protect patients from unnecessary risk of injury or illness. Since many elderly patients suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia, it is critical that nursing homes have proper procedures in place to safeguard patients from risks associated with wandering.

If your loved one has been the victim of wandering off or elopement from a nursing home, contact the Springfield nursing home abuse lawyers at Kanoski Bresney. Call us today at (217) 523-7742 or contact us by email.

What is Wandering Off and Elopement?

While many nursing homes diligently care for their patients, there are many others that fail to properly protect their patients. Common causes of nursing home injuries include understaffing, poor supervision, poor hiring decisions and lack of training. Nursing homes should know each of their patients and have a particular program in place to ensure their safety.

The most common case of nursing home neglect comes in the form of wandering off and elopement of the elderly patients. Cognitively impaired individuals who wander or elope are at high risk of injury.

  • Patients who wander outside a nursing home may be exposed to any number of potential dangers, including inclement weather, sudden falls or exposure to oncoming traffic.
  • Patients who wander inside a nursing home may also be at risk of serious injury resulting from a fall to the floor, fall out of a window or other accident.

Why Choose Us

Kanoski Bresney was established more than 40 years ago to provide quality legal representation on behalf of people who have suffered an injury. We are the largest personal injury law firm in central Illinois, with office locations in Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Macomb, Pekin, Quincy, Rushville, and Springfield. We have the resources and experience necessary to prove fault and hold negligent parties responsible.

If you believe a family member has been the victim of nursing neglect or abuse, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health to report your suspected violation. By state law, we may not file a claim on your behalf until after you have made a report to the Department of Public Health. However, you may contact us to discuss your case at any time.