Oct 6, 2010

Alzheimer's Lawsuit Wandering -- Jury Awards $821,000 to Family of Woman Who Wandered Away

Ever wonder about the legal liability of taking care of someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease?

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

This jury award should send shock waves through the nursing, assisted living, and home care industry.

If you read my article -- The Alzheimer's Bus STOP -- you learned how common it is for Alzheimer's patients to wander or to try and wander away.

When an Alzheimer's patient tells you they want to go home, or they want to move somewhere, I am telling you now, if they are capable of wandering they are going to go for it.....

Like it or not people with Alzheimer's wander. They slip out of nursing homes all the time. Yes, they are slippery as many of you know.

Current statistics show that 60 percent of persons that have Alzheimer's will wander.

A Multnomah County jury awarded $821,000 to the family of a woman who died after walking away from a care facility.

Ruby Larson, who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease, wandered away from the Pheasant Pointe Retirement and Assisted Living Residence in July 2007.

The suit said the care center, along with its parent company, failed to properly care for Larson, then 75.

On May 20th, a young boy found skeletal remains in blackberry brambles in Molalla about a quarter mile from the care center.

The vines, in an undeveloped portion of the subdivision, had been sprayed back. The boy was looking for a lost cat with his parents.

Also see --

Sobering Statistics about Alzheimer's Wandering

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,880 articles with more than 95,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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