No one wants to discover that the person they love so much has been a victim of nursing home abuse. Many emotions can overcome you when this is the case: anger, sadness, and fear. Also, your loved one has to cope with a world of emotions as well. Nursing home abuse is unjust, and today will go over four steps that you should take to report it.
Step 1: Be Well-Aware of the Signs That Nursing Home Abuse is Taking Place
When your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse, the signs can be obvious, or they can be subtle. Your loved one may not share what’s been happening, and they may seem to withdraw. They may even reject conversations altogether about the quality of the care they receive. For these very reasons, you must be able to recognize the signs, which are, but not limited to:
- Unexplainable infections or diseases
- Bleeding wounds or bruises
- Changes in Behavior (such as aggression, withdrawal around specific staff, and depression.)
- Improper Hygiene
- Dehydration or sudden weight loss
Step 2: Document and Document Some More
When reporting any abuse, documenting it will be critical for your claim. Photos are beneficial as well as taking notes. Keep a log so that you have something to rely on when you hire us.
Step 3: Contact the Proper Authorities
Medical professionals and social workers are supposed to report it when they suspect any nursing home abuse. However, you shouldn’t wait to see if someone reports it. If your loved one has sustained abuse that could have been fatal, call 911. You should also contact the state authorities to report elder abuse.
Other contacts may include your loved one’s primary care physician and a patient advocate (not the suspected abuser, of course) at the nursing home. If your family member has Medicaid or Medicare, both have long-term care representatives who could help you and your family through such a challenging time.
Step 4: Call The Snyder Law Group
The person that you care about deserves to live in an environment where they’re safe from harm. You should call us because we specialize in civil law cases. We can evaluate the case and potentially help your loved one receive compensation because of the unjust abuse they’ve endured. Every time you visit your family member, remember to pay attention to their physical, emotional, and mental condition. Nursing home abuse is not solely physical, but it can take on many forms.
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