Signs Of Nursing Home Neglect & How To Help
Sadly, a recent study found that 13 out of 14 cases of elder abuse go unreported. A law office that specializes in elder abuse can help to ensure that your loved one is not one of the 13 that never reports the abuse.
Our elderly should be treasured and treated with respect. There are laws in place that protect their rights that can be used if abuse is suspected. If you are unsure if your loved one is being neglected in their long term living facility, take a look at this guide for signs of neglect.
What Is Considered Neglect In A Nursing Home?
Some people may not know what constitutes neglect if they have never witnessed it. Neglect can be considered when the nursing home is not providing enough food/the right kinds of food or not being properly taken care of.
If the nursing home where your loved one is staying is neglecting to change dirty or wet clothes, not getting them to a doctor when they need it, or even not giving them their medicine are all signs of neglect.
Make sure you are keeping in consistent contact with your loved ones and are paying close attention to the stories they share with you. If they mention any of the above or any other signs of neglect, you should report it right away.
Signs of Neglect and Abuse
There are several signs that your loved one is in jeopardy in their nursing home including:
- Finding your loved one often unkempt
- A nursing home that does not encourage surprise visits
- Unexplained bruising
If you find that your loved one is lacking basic personal care like bathing and hair brushing, this can be a sign of neglect. Mystery bruising is another sign that neglect, or abuse is occurring. Speak to your loved one and the people they encounter regularly to gather more information.
Proving Neglect Can Be Hard
Most nursing homes are good, ethical places that provide great care for the elderly. Unfortunately, there are some nursing homes that are neglectful and are only “in it” for the money.
Family members and others have reported that approaching administrators and supervisors about suspected neglect does not fix the problem. Often these suspicions are swept under the rug and ignored.
It can be difficult to navigate the situation on your own. A personal injury attorney that specializes in nursing home neglect and abuse cases can help you to prove the neglect. Nursing homes that were not willing to talk to patient’s family members often change their tune when confronted by an experienced Dover law office.
How To File A Complaint Against A Nursing Home
If you suspect nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, your first step is to document your suspicion. Keeping a journal of “incidents”, reporting the problems to the administration and speaking to people that may have witnessed the incident will ensure that you have the documentation that you need to prove abuse or neglect.
You should also contact the long term care ombudsman office in your county for further assistance. They will be able to help resolve concerns about your loved one’s care and rights.
Contacting the Division of Health Care Quality in Delaware is also an important step. You can contact them here.
If you feel the neglect/abuse was purposeful and want to take legal action, you should contact a nursing home abuse lawyer. A nursing home neglect lawyer has the experience to fight for your loved one’s rights. They know elder law inside and out and can use those laws to ensure your loved one gets the justice that they deserve.
The attorneys at Baird Manadalas Brockstedt LLC will be able to assist with any legal help you may require.