• Nov
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    How to Address Potential Nursing Home Abuse With a Care Provider

    Suspecting that a friend or loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse is a horrifying experience. You question yourself, unwilling to believe the evidence, and then you’re uncertain as to what to do. Should you confront the care provider directly? Doing so may put the resident at greater risk. Speaking to the administrator is a possibility, but in many cases doing so yields little satisfaction and leaves the victim in a position of continued vulnerability. If you have seen signs of nursing home abuse, whether subtle or obvious, there are steps you can take to protect them and make sure that action is taken to keep them safe and to force those at fault to compensate them for the damages that they’ve suffered.

    The first thing you need to know is what the signs of nursing home abuse are. Some of the most common include:

    • Bedsores
    • Unexplained diseases or infections
    • Unexplained bruises or wounds
    • Changes in behavior, especially fearfulness or withdrawal
    • Unhygienic conditions
    • Dehydration or malnutrition

    This list isn’t all-inclusive. It’s important that you pay close attention to your loved one’s behavior and living conditions. It’s also important that you take them at their word if they tell you that something inappropriate is happening.

    If you have observed any of these red flags, you should document your observations, including taking photographs, writing down what you’ve seen with the dates and circumstances surrounding it, and any other pertinent information that can be used to back up the facts and your cause for concern.

    One of the most important steps you can take is to contact the proper authorities. Though it can be helpful to speak to the nursing home administrator or your loved one’s care provider or physician to express your concerns, the most effective organization you can contact will be the appropriate authorities in your community designated to protect and take action against nursing home abuse. If you believe that the situation is urgent, call 9-11, and if the situation is not urgent you can look online or ask the police to help you find local elder abuse agencies who will be able to help. For those staying in Medicaid or Medicare-funded facilities, those agencies may also offer quick assistance.

    We know how upsetting it is to have a loved one victimized by nursing home abuse. For representation and guidance from an experienced attorney, contact us today to set up a time for us to meet.

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