Nursing Home Resident Found Dead Just Outside of Nursing Home
Police are investigating the death of a 95-year-old
woman who was found dead outside the assisted living facility where she resided.
Police say the woman was last seen by staff at about
11:30 Monday night. Police were called three hours later. They did a
quick search of the premises and checked out the facility's security
video. It showed the woman in her wheelchair heading out the main door
around 11:45 p.m. Nearly four hours after she disappeared, staff
members found the woman's body lying a hundred yards away in a neighboring garden.
"One of the wheels of the wheelchair was off the main path," said the Police Sergeant. "The deceased was on her back a few
feet away from the wheelchair."
The CEO of the facility, says this has never happened in
the 26 years the facility has offered care and they are cooperating
fully with authorities. He said that the resident did not have a history of wandering
away from the Center. However, according to the police report the resident was found in another wing of the care
center earlier that evening and had to be escorted back to her room.
The woman's a cause of death has yet to be determined. 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 Fri, December 11, 2009
by Kristie Pierce