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How to Protect our Elders from Abuse?

How to Protect our Elders from Abuse?

Nursing homes should be heaven for our elders, they stay there for the most vulnerable time of their life. But sadly, abuse in some nursing homes is not safe and abuse happens. If you suspect your loved ones being mistreated don’t hesitate to take action to protect your loved ones, here’s a comprehensive guide of what you can do to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

Recognizing the Abuse

The first step is to recognize the abuse so that you can act against it.

  1. Recognize the abuse: Recognize what kind of abuse happened, whether it was physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. Recognize it so through the condition and behavior of your loved one and how they react to certain things or specific staff members.
  2. Neglect: In nursing homes people are in very vulnerable condition, basic neglect in daily works can also lead to mental abuse, pay attention to that as well.

Prioritize your Loved Ones

  1. Immediate Action: If your loved one is in immediate danger call 911 to ensure their safety.
  2. Relocation: If you think they’ve been a victim of abuse then shift them to another place as soon as possible to save them from more abuse.

Document Everything

  1. Details: Document all the details such as dates, time, and nature of any suspected abuse. Note any physical and emotional abuse as well as any shift in staff’s behavior.
  2. Photographs: Take photographs of everything such images of the abuse, the nursing home, the staff, and anything you find suspicious.
  3. Witness Testimonies: If possible then try to take witness statements about the abuse, as it can be used as evidence later.

Report the Abuse

  1. Faculty Administration: Firstly, try to report the abuse to the administrator of the nursing home so that they can act against the staff doing it and proceed with reporting to the police if they are not responding properly.
  2. Police Report: Report the abuse to the authorities, so that they can act. Also, if you decide to claim then these official police reports can play a vital role.

Gather Evidence

  1. Medical Records: Collect all the medical records available of the abuse. All the medical bills, receipts, photographs of the injuries as they are the most vital part of the evidence.
  2. Financial Records: Review your loved one’s financial transactions and look for any financial exploitations.

Consider Legal Help

  1. Consult an Attorney: Consult an attorney who’s specialized in working with nursing home abuse cases so that your case is in good hands and justice is served for your loved ones. Legal matters are very complex a one can’t deal with them on their own and needs a professional to help them navigate it properly.

Remember, you’re not alone. Many resources are available to help you protect your loved one and fight for justice. By acting, you can ensure that your loved one receives the care and respect they deserve and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions. Also, by seeking legal help you can ensure that justice is served, and abusers pay for what they did.

If you or someone you know need to discuss their matters with a legal professional, then call now for a free consultation (718) 414-6642.

Justin William, Esq.

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