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Tampa Personal Injury Blogs from August, 2013

Tampa Nursing Home Lawyer - Information Concerning Elopement and Wandering Prevention Part II


We recently posted some basic information concerning elopement and wandering issues frequently occurring in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Florida. We have provided some additional information concerning the prevention of elopement and/or wandering. Our Tampa Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers frequently litigate long term care cases within Florida that involve pressure sores, falls, medication errors, abuse, negligent, wandering and elopement claims. Our long term care lawyers are familiar with the numerous and complex laws and codes which govern all long-term care facilities within Florida.

In an effort to prevent elopement and wandering issues, residents' family members should ensure the facility has implemented the following:

  • Provides supervised walks for the residents
  • Provides familiarity to resident environment to all residents
  • Provides adequate outdoor space for residents that is fully enclosed
  • Prevents or limits schedule changes for the residents
  • Performs detailed initial resident risk assessments to determine potential for elopement and/or wandering
  • Has locking systems on doors and windows through the facility where the residents have full access
  • Has alarms on all exit doors throughout the facility
  • Provides behavioral education to all family and staff members
  • Provides wander guard bracelets for residents who are deemed as a potential for elopement

Our nursing home abuse attorneys handle all aspects of nursing home and assisted living cases throughout Florida, including Hernando County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, Polk County, Orange County and Sarasota County. Should you have any questions regarding whether your loved one may have been abused or neglected at a long term care facility, please contact us, your Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers.

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