Elder abuse is unacceptable regardless of the circumstances. There is never a time when it is okay to abuse an elderly person.
Most of the nursing homes across the country are safe facilities that treat their patients with the dignity and respect they deserve. However, there are outliers that fall short of the standards of care they are expected to provide to patients.
If you suspect your loved one is enduring abuse in a nursing home, it is critical to take action right away. Here’s what you should do:
Speak With Your Loved One
Ask the elder if he or she was harmed, feels threatened, or is experiencing abuse in other ways. Be sure to trust your gut if you feel something is wrong because your loved one may not feel comfortable disclosing such information.
Speak With the Nursing Home Officials
Talk to the nursing home administrators about your concerns. Ask what can be done so that you are sure your loved one is safe and well taken care of. Most facilities have a grievance resolution process that you can adhere to.
Understand Your Loved One’s Rights
As a nursing home resident, your loved one has rights, including:
- Dignity and respect
- Management of their own money
- Information about their medical condition
- An environment similar to a home
- Information about services and fees
- Deciding their schedule
- Safety and absence of fear
Keep an Extensive Record
It’s a good idea to take photos of any injuries sustained, retain medical documentation, and other information related to the abuse. Also, be sure to write everything down. Maintain a journal of your concerns, like events or irregularities that make you suspect abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Speak With an Attorney
A skilled nursing home abuse attorney will be able to help you investigate the abuse and determine what actions should be taken. Your loved one may be owed compensation for the atrocities endured, and an experienced lawyer will do everything possible to make sure your family recovers what is rightfully owed.
If your loved one is suffering abuse in a nursing home, we want to help. Don’t delay—reach out to our office right away with your questions.