What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | September 28th, 2017

If your loved one lives in a nursing home, you should watch out for a few warning signs that indicate a high risk of abuse or neglect. Those signs include frequent staff turnover, disorganization and foul odors, bad reviews and poor feedback by family members of residents, and unexplained bruises or injuries on your loved one’s body.

It’s vital to not only be aware of those signs, but also to be prepared to act if you notice them. Three important steps you can take if you suspect nursing home abuse include:

  1. Asking your loved one about their care. If your loved one is communicative, ask them about the level of care they are receiving at the nursing facility. If your loved one is unable to communicate, ask the nurses or doctors about any concerns you have regarding their care.
  2. Reporting potential signs of abuse or neglect. Whether your loved one developed unexplained bruises, bed sores, or preventable illnesses, it’s important to alert nursing home staff and make sure they’re aware of what happened.
  3. Contacting a Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyer. Nursing home abuse and neglect claims can be difficult to pursue, as evidence must be quickly collected to prove your loved one was mistreated. Acting fast can maximize your chances of getting a favorable result.

Don’t wait to get your loved one the legal advocacy they deserve if a nursing home failed to uphold its responsibilities and duties. Skolrood Law Firm is here to fight for your entire family’s rights during this difficult time. Call today for a free consultation.