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How to Report the Mistreatment of the Nursing Home?

How to Report the Mistreatment of the Nursing Home?

Nursing homes are supposed to be a second home or heaven for our loved ones, providing them with care and necessities, but sometimes due to physical or mental abuse it becomes literal torture cell for them. If someone you love has been a victim of nursing home abuse, then you need to act swiftly towards their legal rights.

Mistreatment and it’s Signs

Abuse is not acceptable in shape or form, nursing home abuse can be of several types, such as:

  1. Physical Abuse: If the staff or someone else in the nursing home premises uses physical abuse towards your loved one then they are liable for compensation. Physical abuse can include slapping, pushing or any physical force being used, you need to look for signs of physical abuse such as bruises or any other symptom.
  2. Emotional Abuse: Any type of behavior such as yelling, taunting, humiliation or threats can create a significant type of emotional distress which is the basis of emotional abuse. You need to look for any change in the victim’s behavior.
  3. Sexual Abuse: Any unwanted sexual contact, behavior or harassment falls under sexual abuse. Beware of changes in sexual behavior or any injuries to one’s genitals.
  4. Neglect: The staff should fulfill all the basic needs of the vulnerable people, if they withhold any type of basic need such as food, water, hygiene assistance or medical comes under neglect. The staff will be held liable if they did something like that.
  5. Financial Fraud or Exploitation: Misusing of resident’s finance or assets is a serious crime, and they will be held liable for that legally. Keep an eye on the finances, any sudden change in it can be a red flag.

Reporting Mistreatment

If your suspect mistreatment in any form towards your loved one, then you must act promptly and report it.

  1. Gather Evidence: Gather all the possible evidence that is needed such as medical reports, financial reports or any witness statements. Keep a record of everything as you might need it later.
  2. Report to Nursing Home Management: Inform the management about your concerns, show them the evidence. In some cases, the faculty corporates in such matters. Keep a record of everything you discussed with the management such as emails, as they can also be used as evidence.
  3. Contact Local Authority: Repot the case to the Adult Protective Services (APS) in your area, as they oversee keeping the elderly people safe.
  4. Contact Law Enforcement: In case of severe injuries or immediate danger, contact 911 to move you and your loved one to a safe place. You should also contact to a personal injury lawyer to help you receive the justice and navigate the legal maze.

Protecting our most Vulnerable

Reporting nursing home mistreatment can be a daunting task, but your intervention can make a world of difference for your loved one. Remember, you are not alone. By working with authorities and advocacy groups, you can ensure a safe and dignified environment for our most vulnerable population.

You need to remember that early intervention is critical. By recognizing the signs of mistreatment and taking decisive action, you can safeguard the well-being of your loved ones and hold nursing homes accountable for providing the care our elders deserve.

If you or someone you know need legal assistance, then call now for a free consultation (718) 414-6642.

Justin William, Esq.

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