When a Silver Alert is issued by police, it means an elderly person is missing and possibly in danger. Frequently, a Silver Alert will be issued because an older adult is missing from an assisted living center or nursing home. Many times, the senior has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or other forms of mental disabilities which make their safe return even more important.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 60 percent of seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia will wander. Additionally, if a person is not found within 24 hours, up to half of these wandering adults will suffer serious injury or death. For these reasons, it is imperative that residents receive supervision and safe care.
Older adults may walk or wander away from:
- Nursing homes
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Assisted living centers
- Long-term care centers
- Nursing facilities
Assisted living and other facilities must monitor residents to ensure they don’t leave a facility unless they are accompanied by a family member or other responsible person.
Carr & Carr Attorney Guy Thiessen has helped many families of seniors who have wandered away from their care facilities. If your family member has walked off or wandered away from their nursing home or other senior living center and been injured or killed, you need to talk to Guy today. Guy frequently works with residents and families who have suffered due to nursing home neglect and abuse issues. A free consultation will cost you nothing and will help answer questions about what legal options you have. Call 1-877-392-4878 to talk with Guy or email him by filling out the form on the right.