An 84-year-old nursing home resident was found dead of hypothermia in the facility parking lot at 6:34 a.m. Monday after she wandered away from her room. According to staff, the elderly woman was in her room at 4 a.m. when an employee made her rounds. However, she was not in her room when it was checked again at 6:00 a.m.
Police say, an employee looked for the woman in the other residents’ rooms first, then notified another employee. At 6:30 a.m. police were notified that the resident was missing. Shortly thereafter, employees found the woman in the parking lot covered in blankets. When EMS workers arrived, she was pronounced dead.
According to Police, the nursing home had an alarm system that should have notified employees that a door had been opened, however, it was not working properly. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Sat, April 14, 2012
by Kristie Pierce