Nursing Home Not Liable for Drowning of Resident with No Cognitive Impairment in On-Campus Pond

January 27, 2020 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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A skilled nursing facility (SNF) cannot be held liable for the drowning of a resident with no cognitive impairment in a pond located on the SNF's campus, the Court of Appeals of Ohio has held, affirming summary judgment in favor of the SNF.

The resident moved from another SNF to the defendant SNF so he could enjoy the grounds of the 55-acre campus. The campus included the pond, pathways, open spaces,...

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