Nursing Home 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.

  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.

Calling Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. will not cost you a penny. We will review your case for free and let you know how to move forward with your claim. If you live in the Chicago area and have a family member who you believe is a victim of nursing home abuse, please contact our law firm today. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you pay no fee unless we win your case.

If you or a loved one has been hurt, and you need help, please call or email us today or text “Walnerlaw” to 41513 for a FREE consultation.

The first thing that you should look for when visiting nursing homes is at the staffing levels. It is critical that a nursing home is well staffed. This being because a vast majority of problems that can occur in a nursing home setting, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and even malnourishment occur almost uniformly because of understaffing. However, if there are a sufficient number of caregivers, it becomes difficult for one to ignore or abuse abuse a resident- because others are around and actively monitoring the residents.

 


 
Another thing to be mindful when visiting a nursing home is how the staff members interact with patients. Pay close attention to how the staff speaks to and handles the patients. Are they using their names? Do the staff members seem to know the patients or, given high turnover, are they strangers? The more close interaction you are able to observe, the better sense you’ll have for what type of facility the nursing home is and whether it is one you can entrust with the care of your elderly loved one.