It is never an easy decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, and you want to feel confident that he will receive quality, compassionate care. No matter how well you research the facility, you need to be vigilant because there is always a risk that your family member will be the victim of nursing home abuse. Here, we explain what to do if you suspect that your worries are coming true.
Steps to Take to Protect Your Family Member From Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse are just a few of the many forms that nursing home abuse can take. Your loved one is vulnerable when in a nursing home and is counting on you to protect him from this abusive behavior. Essential steps that you need to take if you suspect abuse include:
- Know the signs. Bedsores, bruises, torn clothing, sudden weight loss, anxiety, withdrawal from others, and insomnia are some of the warning signs that your family member is being abused. If you see any of these signs, you need to investigate further quickly.
- Call 911. If your family member is suffering a medical emergency or is in danger due to the abuse, call 911 to obtain immediate care for him. This can also alert law enforcement officials that they may need to take action against the nursing home or staff members.
- Investigate. When the situation is not an emergency, you should gather information that supports your suspicions. Take pictures of any bruises or any other visible signs of abuse, and talk to trustworthy staff, residents, and others who may have information about the abuse. You will also want to obtain a copy of your loved one’s medical records.
- Discuss your concerns. If you find evidence of abuse, you need to discuss your concerns with nursing home managers and find out that what steps they will do to correct the situation. Follow up your conversation regarding the abuse with a confirming letter, and keep a copy for your records. Also, save any written communications you receive from the nursing home.
- Remove your loved one. You will need to move your family member to a new nursing home if the abuse does not stop. Your primary concern should be your loved one’s safety.
- Contact an attorney. As soon as possible, you should contact a skilled personal injury attorney who has experience handling nursing home abuse claims. He can help you gather the evidence you need to hold the nursing home accountable and can file your loved one’s claim for compensation for any injuries that he suffered.
Do you suspect a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse? Let us assist you in protecting him and pursuing his legal options. Call our office to schedule your free consultation today.