If you suspect that a loved one has been subjected to nursing home abuse, it’s imperative to take action as soon as possible to protect them. The immediate goals should be to remove them from the dangerous situation and initiate processes to file formal reports and legal actions against the nursing home facility. The following outlines some steps to take if you suspect or discover nursing home abuse.
Recognize Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Your loved one may not be able to tell you themselves that they are facing nursing home abuse. It’s crucial for you as a close family member to recognize the signs of abuse or neglect. Unexplained injuries, poor hygiene, and malnutrition are just some of the many signs to look out for. Some red flags , such as changes in your loved one’s behavior, can be subtle such that only someone close to them would notice.
If your loved one’s condition is especially dire, and they need help right away, do not hesitate to seek out emergency medical treatment for them, in addition to contacting their primary care physician. This step gets them critical care and establishes some evidence that your loved one needed emergency treatment while they were being cared for at the nursing home.
Report Nursing Home Abuse to the Authorities
Even though nursing home staff are required to report suspected nursing home abuse, many instances of abuse go unreported or do not lead to investigations. Take matters into your own hands. File a report with the nursing home administration, their licensing company, or to state authorities if necessary. Some nursing homes are aware of negligent behaviors that go on in their facilities, so notifying higher levels of authority can be necessary to have someone begin looking into your allegations.
Document Signs of Abuse
Taking pictures of your loved one’s living conditions and injuries is valuable documentation of the abuse your loved one is suffering. Collecting copies of medical records is immensely helpful too. Try to reconstruct a timeline of all instances of abusive or negligent treatment.
Contact an Elder Abuse Attorney
Get in contact with an experienced elder abuse and nursing home abuse attorney. They will offer you legal guidance to file a lawsuit against the nursing home or nursing home staff. After evaluating your case, the attorney may be able to help your loved one recover damages as a result of the mistreatment they suffered.
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