The COVID-19 pandemic has proven devastating to many fragile residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Kaiser Family Foundation published data supporting that nursing homes account for more than 40% of all COVID-19 deaths. Many communities lack the infection control knowledge, staffing resources, and personal protective equipment to keep their residents safe. As a result, many nursing home suffered significant outbreaks. If your loved one suffered a wrongful nursing home COVID-19 death, you may need a nursing home attorney.
Once a resident elopes from a nursing home, the risk of injury and death skyrockets. Countless times, a resident has been able to walk out unnoticed and has been unable to be found before succumbing to dangers such as freezing cold temperatures or excessive heat. Other residents have been hit by traffic on a busy street. Still other residents have drowned from falling into lakes, ponds, or other bodies of water. Investigation of nursing home elopements frequently finds that nursing home negligence is ultimately to blame for the resident’s injury or death.
In some cases, facilities fail to identify a resident with a wander risk and have made no attempts to intervene. In other cases, a resident with a known wander risk is able to elope due to malfunctioning door alarms or failure of technology devices intended to alert staff to a resident’s location. Many times, the facility simply fails to provide adequate supervision to routinely check on the resident and monitor their whereabouts. Some nursing homes have been falsified documentation about resident monitoring that, in fact, never occurred.