If you have a friend or relative in a nursing home, remember that he or she is vulnerable if the “care” being given includes a component of abuse or neglect. Often, a nursing home resident is afraid to report the problem, and when you pay a visit, remember to look for any signs that they are in an unsafe environment.
What you can do about Nursing Home Abuse
When you are able to speak to your love one alone, ask about broken bones, bruises, unsanitary conditions or other indications that something is wrong. If their attempt to assure you that all is well doesn’t seem to ring true, that should prompt you take action.
Start by reporting what you have discovered to someone in charge of the nursing home. If they brush things aside by claiming that falls happen frequently, bed sores are common, or that the victim has created an unsanitary environment, ignore what they have to say.
Your next step would be to report what you have learned to the appropriate government licensing authority. You have every right to do this, and you can even consult with an attorney who can provide the advice you need.
If you feel that the victim is in immediate danger, remove your loved one from the nursing home immediately. Remember, they may be aware of the situation but be unable to contact the authorities of fight back in some other way.
Finally, if the victim is seriously injured or dies because of abuse or neglect in the facility, you will definitely want to contact a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with nursing home abuse cases.