If you have a family member in a nursing home, you trust the staff there to provide excellent care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Sadly, nursing home residents are abused by staff or other residents on a daily basis. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional, or sexual, it must be stopped as quickly as possible, while those responsible are held accountable for their actions. If you suspect a nursing home is allowing your loved one to be abused, take these steps immediately.
If you suspect abuse, gathering as much evidence as possible to back up your claims is important. For example, if your loved one has unexplained bruises or other injuries, take pictures to document your suspicions. Also, if your loved one starts to behave in a manner as if they are scared, especially when certain staff members or residents are nearby, make a note of this as well. Upon having this evidence, schedule a meeting at once with us here at Tobler Law.
Report Your Concerns
If you notice injuries on a consistent basis, changes in your family member’s behavior, or begin to see signs of physical neglect, always report your concerns to both staff members and to the nursing home administrator. By doing so, you are forcing them to make a report of your concerns, as well as letting them know you are suspicious of their actions. Also, whenever you talk to staff, always get their names and job titles, since your attorney may need to interview them in the future.
Visit at Different Times
Since it is likely the same staff member who is abusing your loved one, try visiting at different times of the day or night. By doing so, you accomplish two things. First, you may gain a better idea of which staff member or resident may be guilty of abuse. Second, you put everyone on notice that you are willing to show up at all hours, making it more difficult for abuse to occur.