The family of George King has sued the nursing home where he was a resident, claiming that neglect by the nursing home staff led to the victim’s death. King, who suffered from dementia, wandered away from the nursing home and onto nearby train tracks where he was struck by a train and killed. King’s family filed a wrongful death suit agains the nuring home company, Health Care and Retirement Corporation of America, claiming that staff knew King was confused and might wander away, and that they failed to properly moniter him to prevent him from doing so, or to properly discover that he had left or to sarch for him once he was gone.
These allegations, if true, are an example of only one type of nursing home neglect. Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms: physical abuse, emotional abuse or, as alleged here, a failure to supervise which allows a confused resident to be placed at risk.
The families of nursing home residents, and those needing placement in a nursing home, should investigate carefully before making a choice. Many resources are available; consumers may want to start with "A Citizen’s Guide to Preventing & Reporting Elder Abuse," available from the California Department of Justice. More information is also available here on the InjuryBoard site.