If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

If you suspect that your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse, immediately notify the head of the nursing home and document it in writing. Ask the head of the organization to investigate and call you. Then:

  • Make more frequent, unexpected visits
  • Keep a close eye on the abused person
  • Document and photograph any bruises, cuts or bedsores
  • Follow up on your request with the head of the nursing home
  • Document what you are told and other things you observe at the home
  • Make a note of how the staff acts towards you
  • Talk to your loved one and other residents about signs

Assure your loved one that it is OK to talk about what is happening, and take notes.

There are four common primary forms of nursing home abuse:
 

Physical Abuse


Physical abuse is defined as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.
Physical abuse can range from beating, pushing, shoving to inappropriate distribution of controlled substances and force feeding.


Emotional/ Psychological Abuse


Emotional abuse can encompass verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, public embarrassment, and harassment.


This type of social abuse can cause the elderly patient to exclude oneself from daily activities, be hesitant to speak up, among other long lasting traumatic effects.


Financial Exploitation


This type of abuse refers to taking advantage of the elderly patients possessions. It is defined as improper use or distribution of the patient's funds, property, or assets.


Some forms of financial exploitation include, but are not limited to; forging a signature, convincing the elder to sign a document in a deceiving manner (i.e. contracts or a will).


Basic / Personal Hygiene Needs


The nursing home should always provide sufficient food, water, and a safe clean environment.


If a nursing home fails to provide adequate time to maintaining the nursing home impeccable, fulfilling dietary necessities properly it can put an elderly patient at serious risk of capturing an infection, and not having a strong immune system to combat an illness.

Abuse

Neglect is not the only type of mistreatment that your loved one may experience in a nursing home. While neglect is often unintentional, some nursing home staff members or other residents commit more direct, intentional abuse including mental or emotional abuse, physical abuse, and even sexual abuse.

Although abuse may be the result of a single person acting alone, it is often facilitated by a lack of supervision or screening of employees and residents by the nursing home.

Get help right away

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home you must act quickly. It is a dangerous situation and the health problems that result can escalate fast. It is also likely that your loved one is not the only one suffering as a result of the nursing home’s lack of care. By reporting abuse or neglect, you may be helping not only your loved one, but others who may not have family to look out for them.

Please, contact the experienced nursing home abuse lawyers Harvey L. Walner & Associates in Chicago, Illinois, today. Our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys can help you get the compensation that you need and deserve. You initial consultation is free and we don’t get paid unless you win your case.