Take These Steps If You Suspect a Family Member Is the Victim of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse and neglect is unfortunately a reality no matter how well you research potential homes for your loved one. With staff, management, and ownership changes, you cannot guarantee what was once a top-rated facility will remain one. Your family member may be unable to tell you about the abuse or neglect he is experiencing due to illness, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease, so it is up to you to watch for the signs of abuse and neglect to protect your vulnerable family member.
Steps You Should Take to Document Nursing Home Abuse
If you think your loved one is being abused or neglected, you will need to document the problem—both to stop it from happening and to help her obtain the compensation she could be entitled to. You should do the following:
- Keep a diary. You should start a diary that contains all the details of the abuse, including the date it occurred, who the staff member was, the type of abuse, and the signs of abuse, such as bruises or loss of possessions. You should note all incidents of neglect or abuse in your diary.
- Take photographs. You should take photographs and videos of any signs of abuse, like scratches, bruises, or injuries if your loved one fell. Be sure that the photos or videos include the date and time stamp.
- Get help from family. If other family members visit your loved one, have them also be on the watch for signs of abuse and provide you with the information to keep in your diary and any photographs or videos they take.
- Obtain contact information. If other residents, their guests, or staff saw your family member being abused, obtain their contact information and a summary of what they witnessed in case you need it for a lawsuit or in attempting to resolve the problem with the nursing home.
- Document your complaints. Keep copies of any written complaints you make and a record of any verbal communications of complaints with nursing home management. Be certain to note the date, who you spoke to, and the person’s response for each complaint.
- Gather medical records. If your family member received any medical treatment after the suspected mistreatment, obtain the medical records. They can help you prove the abuse and the injuries your loved one suffered.
If your family member was abused or neglected by nursing home staff, I am here to assist you to obtain the evidence you will need so he can receive the compensation he deserves. Fill out my online form today to schedule a free consultation.