One concern when using a nursing home or caregiver is abuse.
How do you know if your loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect? What can you do about it?
Keep reading to learn what to do if you suspect nursing home or caregiver abuse.
Identify the Abuse
Senior citizen abuse happens in many ways. Not all of them are physical.
Look for these signs your loved one is being neglected:
- Sudden weight loss
- Bruises or other injuries
- Refusing help from specific caregivers
- Not talking
- Missing personal belongings
These are signs of suspected elder abuse. Address them immediately with your loved one and the facility staff.
Unfortunately, elder neglect is a serious problem. Reports say 1 in 60 elder Americans age 60 or older experience a form of abuse.
Emotions can run high if you think your loved one is being abused. But it’s important to stay calm when gathering information and pursuing options to resolve the situation.
It is critical to your loved one’s safety to stay calm. Talk with them and try finding out what’s wrong.
Approach administrative staff with your concerns. Be respectful. Take notes during conversations and keep written communication.
Work toward a resolution in a calm way.
Report The Abuse
If talking with administrative staff doesn’t resolve the situation, you can report elder abuse.
Officials are dedicated to managing the level of elder care in your State. Call the National Center on Elder Abuse at 1-800-677-1116 to find the office for your loved one’s nursing care facility.
If your loved one is in immediate or serious danger, call 911 first. Have them removed from the location right away and put into medical care.
Relocate Your Loved One
Finding the right facility or caregiver for your loved one is difficult. You hope their current location is a good long-term solution.
But when abuse takes place, it’s important to move your loved one out of the situation.
Find a temporary location or move them to a new location.
Let the new facility know of your past concerns. Your loved one might experience lasting effects of abuse or emotional trauma while they adjust to new staff and a new home.
Be patient with a new staff and facility, but continue to stay involved and aware of your loved one’s care.
Consult a Lawyer For Suspected Caregiver Abuse
Identifying caregiver abuse can be difficult. But if you suspect it is happening with your loved one, don’t wait to take action.
Work through the steps to identify and report. After your loved one is safe, reach out to a law firm experienced in resolving nursing home abuse situations.
Elder abusers must be held accountable. Your loved one’s safety, quality of life, and long-term care are important.
Contact us for a free consultation. We are experienced and caring nursing home abuse lawyers ready to serve you and your loved one.