Wandering: A Real Danger With Alzheimer’s Sufferers
Wandering/Elopement Especially Dangerous In Winter
Wandering (also known as elopement) is a common behavior for older persons suffering from dementia, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease. Wandering/elopement can be especially dangerous in winter where the patient can be exposed to rain and cold temperatures for a prolonged period. The San Francisco and California elder and nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. can represent you or a loved one injured as a result of wandering or elopement which occurs due to lack of supervision by a caregiver or home. If you or someone you know was injured wandering or from other neglect or elder abuse here in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call the elder abuse and nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.
Caregivers and nursing homes may be held accountable for resulting injury if they failed to prevent the patient from wandering. Statistics indicate that the risk of patient elopement endangerment is increasing steadily. In the United States, elder advocates report more than 34,000 Alzheimer patients wander out of their homes or care facilities each year. Studies vary on the prevalence of wandering in institutionalized dementia patients, but it is estimated that 11 to 24 percent will wander. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 6 out of 10 persons with dementia will wander.
Wandering off is extremely dangerous for these patients and severe injury, even death, may occur. Report any injuries from elopement to the authorities but always seek counsel such as the elder abuse lawyers at Evans Law Firm as well in order to pursue all available remedies against those accountable. Our attorneys know how to investigate these cases and what remedies are available to the victims. The only way to impress upon healthcare providers the importance of keeping our loved ones safe is to hold those providers legally responsible when their negligence, neglect, or lack of supervision causes harm.
If you or a loved one is or has been injured wandering off from a caregiver or nursing home or been the victim of any other form of elder or nursing home abuse in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other elder and nursing home abuse attorneys at the Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.