It's unfortunate how much nursing home abuse goes unreported. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 643,000 older adults were treated in the emergency room for nonfatal assaults, and over 19,000 homicides occurred in a span of four years.
What to Do If You Suspect Abuse
Sadly, it has become the norm for older adults who endure abuse to be afraid or hesitant to report it themselves.
Even though it's hard to think about, if you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected by their caregivers, it's your responsibility to take action. Here are a few tips for the best ways to go about reporting the problem:
Talk to Them
Let your loved one know you suspect or are aware something is going on that should not be and you want to help.
Talk to your loved one's caregivers (nurses and nursing aides) and inquire about your suspicions.
Look up information about the facility’s past. If the facility is Medicare-approved, you can get information from the government. See if they have any previous complaints lodged against them.
Be sure to obtain a tangible record anytime you speak with someone or gather information that could support your case. When you notice injuries or suspicious situations, take photos and keep a journal of the things you witness.
If you suspect they are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. You can also contact your local Adult Protect Services office and speak to someone there about what’s going on. You don't need any proof to report your suspicions.
Contact a Lawyer
Working with an experienced attorney when you suspect your loved one is being abused can help you navigate the legal process. Your skilled team will serve as a resource to help you better understand the details of your case and the best way to prevent any further poor treatment.
Here at Grossman Green PLLC, we have years of experience in helping fight cases just like yours. We are dedicated to supporting you and your loved one so you are not alone. Contact us today at (502) 215-3344 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation with a member of our team.