NY Attorney Report: Nursing Home Resident Elopes From Facility And Dies From Hypothermia

The death of an elderly St. Louis nursing home resident has prompted a lawsuit against the facility. Aubrey Giles, who suffered from dementia, went missing from the Midwest Rehab and Respiratory Center in January, and his body was found in the woods two days later in a wooded, frozen ravine nearby. He reportedly died of hypothermia.

The four-count lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court alleges that the home was aware that Giles had a pattern of trying to leave the facility (sometimes referred to as “elopement”), yet failed to monitor him and failed to have appropriate interventions in place to prevent him from exiting the premises. The family further alleges the nursing home violated various state regulations, failed to provide adequately supervise its staff, and failed to notify authorities in a timely fashion.

Daughters sue Belleville nursing home over death of man who walked away, Nicholas J.C. Pistor, Post-Dispatch, February 22, 2012.

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