How to Deal With Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse

This post answers the following questions

1) How to deal with nursing home neglect or abuse?
2) What is the main reason why you placed an elderly loved one in a nursing home?
3) Why should you need to talk with your loved one and ask them about their side of the story?
4) What to do if you suspect that there is some neglect and abuse going on in the nursing home?
5) When should you call the police and get a lawyer?

The main reason why you placed an elderly loved one in a nursing home is because you want him to have the best possible care. You trust the institution to take care of him, so you choose the best place for your loved one. However, what if what you fear happens, and you suspect the nursing home of neglect or abuse? What will you do?

Keep Calm and Be Rational

If you suspect that there is some neglect and abuse going on in the nursing home, don’t panic and don’t throw angry and accusatory words at the nursing staff. Instead, keep your calm and be rational. Talk to the people who take care of your loved one and calmly voice out your suspicions. If they refuse to talk to you, don’t lose your temper. Ask for an appointment with the staffs’ immediate supervisor and tell them of your concerns.

Sometimes, what you perceived as a sort of neglect or some form of abuse may not necessarily be the case. So you need to talk to the staff and ask about what happened before you take further legal actions against the nursing home. You need to know the events that led to the abuse or neglect; you need to know the staffs’ side of the story; and you also need to know if they looked for any solution or resolution to the problem so as to avoid the same incident again.

Talk with Your Loved One

You also have to talk with your loved one and ask them about their side of the story. If, for some reason, the nursing home staff doesn’t want you to talk to your loved one privately, then you should know that you have the right to take legal actions against them. Not allowing the patient to talk to you or not allowing you to communicate with the patient privately is a very good sign that there is indeed something wrong going on. The staff may be holding the patient back from letting people know of the abuse and using threats to stop them from talking.

If this is what’s happening, then seek help from a lawyer. There are lawyers who specialize in nursing home neglect and abuse, and they can help you ferret out the truth.

Take Down Notes or Take Photos

If you were allowed to speak with your elderly loved one, don’t forget to take down notes. If they have nothing to hide, then they won’t hesitate to answer all your questions, even if they know you’re recording every word they say.

You can also take photos. Take photos of the bruises, cuts, and wounds that you see on the patient’s body. These may have been caused by simple accidents, but then again, it may be because of abuse and neglect. These photos can serve as evidences if there really is an abuse.

Call the Police and Get a Lawyer

If the signs all point to nursing home abuse, then call the police immediately. You should also get a lawyer to help you with your case should you and your elderly loved one wish to file a personal injury case against the management.

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Jennifer Dahlhauser writes for a personal injury blog, including SpencerFielding.com. Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious crime. If you suspect this, then get in touch with your local personal injury lawyer immediately.

 

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