Nursing home abuse is far too common these days. Often, the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or care facility is difficult and we do so to ensure they receive a high level of quality care that we cannot provide. If your loved one is not being treated well or you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, take action quickly.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Some signs that indicate nursing home abuse or neglect are bedsores, frequent injuries, malnutrition or dehydration, poor hygiene, emotional or mental distress, sexual abuse, and unexplained medical issues.
Steps to Take if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
The first step to take is to make sure your loved one is not in immediate danger. If you suspect they are, either call 911 or remove them from the facility yourself.
Talk to your loved one to find out more about their symptoms and their mental and emotional state. If the elder feels threatened, they may not want to admit to anything or discuss the issues. They may be scared of repercussions from nursing home staff.
Talk to nursing home management to inquire about your loved one’s symptoms. Share your concerns and be watchful of their responses. They should provide you with their policy and guidelines to pursue your grievances.
Your loved one has rights, and if you feel that any of these rights are being violated, file a complaint with your state agency that governs elder care facilities.
Document everything, including any conversations with administrators, and take pictures when necessary. You may need this evidence later.
Request changes in your loved one’s care as necessary and follow-up to make sure they are complying.
Talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer to find out about your options and what you can do to resolve the issue. You and your loved one may be eligible to receive damages for emotional discomfort, medical expenses, and other pain and suffering. Call us today to see how we can help.