When your parent or guardian can no longer take care of their daily needs, and you can’t be with them 24/7, you may consider a nursing home. They have the resources and specialists to meet your loved one’s personal and medical needs. Unfortunately, contrary to your expectations, the facility you trust may treat them unfairly. Elder abuse is a major concern in nursing homes.
If you believe your loved one is being abused, perhaps you noticed strange signs, such as bed sores, broken bones, injuries, sadness and confusion, you should respond promptly to protect them.
Here is what to do.
Report the case
You should report the case to the seniors of the facility. The administration may be unaware of the act. However, even if they know about it, possibly your loved one reported it, you should still do so to have proof of internal reporting.
Take them to the hospital
If your loved one is injured, you should help them get medical attention. Undeniably, it may be impossible to trust the facility’s healthcare providers, particularly if they are responsible for the abuse. Therefore, you can call 911 or drive them to the hospital.
Calling 911 will be the best option if they are in a serious condition. Besides, the police will come to the facility to start investigations.
Document the injuries
You should take photos of the injuries, as this will be evidence when you file a claim against the facility. Medical records and an in-depth statement from your loved one should also help you build a strong case.
Although incomprehensible, abuse happens in nursing homes. If your loved one experienced it, you should obtain more information about the case to protect their rights.