How to Talk to Your Loved One About Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | October 1st, 2020

Nursing home abuse and neglect are major problems in elder care facilities throughout the U.S. Unfortunately, many residents who are victimized by negligent or abusive staff members are reluctant to speak out about what they’re experiencing. In some cases, they may even hide what’s happening from their loved ones.

If you suspect your family member is being mistreated in their nursing home, it’s important to talk to them about it. But doing so isn’t always easy, and you may not get a straight answer right away. Follow these tips to have a healthy and productive conversation about a difficult topic:

  • Talk to your loved one in a quiet, confidential place—If you’re able to visit your loved one in person, try to take them to a quiet and confidential area of their care facility. Residents may be afraid to bring up issues if they think others will eavesdrop or hear.
  • Be direct and specific when bringing up your concerns—Tell your loved one about what makes you worried. Whether it’s signs of physical abuse, worsening health, malnutrition, or poor hygiene, make sure they know you’re aware and worried.
  • Discuss solutions to the problem—Even if you haven’t decided on filing an abuse or neglect claim, it’s important to talk about solving the problem. That could be moving your loved one to a new nursing home or bringing up the issue with management or facility directors.

Nursing home abuse and neglect should never be tolerated, and it’s our job to hold the people who let it happen accountable. Contact the Roanoke nursing home abuse attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.