When your loved one has to move into a nursing home, you want to know that the people there will care for him or her like their own mothers, fathers, aunts or uncles. You need to know that your loved one receives care in a timely manner and on schedule.
How can you make sure your loved one is protected and report when he or she is not? There are a few different things you can do.
First, understand that you have the right to go the authorities if you suspect neglect in a nursing home. Whether it's because of significant bruising, things other residents say or witnessing abuse, you have every right to call for assistance from the police. If you suspect something may be wrong but aren't sure you want to involve the police yet, talk to the director of the nursing home about your concerns. If nothing changes, then involve the police.
Some things you can look for to identify nursing home abuse are unusual bruises or injuries, a high number of infections that are unusual for your loved one, fearful reactions or changes in behavior or other unusual acts. When you see something strange, take a photo and document the time and place where you saw it.
You may not be certain about whether or not abuse is taking place, but it's better to be safe than sorry. If you feel your loved one is being neglected or abused, your attorney can help you file a claim against the nursing facility and transfer your loved one to a safer environment.
Source: ABC Action News, "How to protect nursing home residents and report suspected abuse or neglect," Sean O' Reilly, April 26, 2017