Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Woman injured in jump from Massachusetts nursing home window

From the Southcoast today news on Feb 5th, 2013:

"A 72-year-old nursing home resident suffering from dementia was badly injured when she jumped from a second-story window at the nursing home where she was recently admitted, police said.
The woman suffered a broken leg and a fractured hip. Police said this woman "has a history of trying to sneak away from her own home." She was in the Savoy Nursing Home at 670 County St. for two weeks prior to the incident. A nurse's aide making a routine room check discovered the woman was missing."
The Hamill Law Firm has handled several of these matters in the past.
It should be noted that Federal regulations require that residents be protected from "elopement" because of the danger of injury to them. In fact Medicare has a list of SRE or "Significant Reportable Events" that were formerly referred to as "never events" (because they should never happen!). Some of these "never events" include rape of a resident, suicide in a nursing home and falling out of a window. It is important to remember that these people are placed there by loved ones for their safety and protection because they cannot live independantly safely.
by Bernard Hamill 
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