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Neglect leaves nursing home resident fatally exposed to elements

Making the decision to put a loved one in an Albany nursing home is understandably difficult. While family members are reluctant to leave the care of a loved one to someone else, they recognize that it is often best for sick, injured or elderly family members to be cared for by professionals who can watch them 24 hours a day. Sometimes, however, leaving a loved one at a nursing home can turn into a tragic nightmare when facilities fail to properly monitor or care for residents.

Nursing home neglect can happen anywhere in Albany, across New York or throughout the United States. This does not mean, however, that nursing homes can get away with ignoring their duties. Rather, New York residents whose family members have been seriously or fatally injured by nursing home neglect can often file suit against the nursing homes.

It remains to be seen if that is what one family will do after a 75-year-old Alzheimer's resident died. The man had a reputation for wandering off and had gotten away from the nursing home at least once before. Though he had an ankle monitor that was meant to alert people when he wandered off, it was the ankle bracelet itself that would beep, not anything within the nursing home.

Sadly, the man was missing for several hours during extremely high heat. When he was finally found, he had succumbed to the elements and tragically died. It is still unknown why the nursing home didn't have a more secure method of keeping a resident who had a history of wandering in the facility. It is also unclear whether this man's family members will file a nursing home neglect lawsuit against the nursing home that failed to keep him safely within the facility.

Source: Associated Press, "Missing Mo. nursing home patient found dead," July 23, 2012

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