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What should you do if a loved one is abused in a nursing home?

Realizing that your loved one has been abused by the very people who are supposed to care for them is difficult. Once that happens, you’ll need to act on the information you have.

The first thing you need to do is to ensure your loved one is (now) safe and has the medical care they need. On top of that, you must consider what you’ll need to help your loved one seek compensation for the financial damages they’re dealing with.

Document evidence of abuse

Try to document any signs or evidence of abuse as much as possible. Photographs of cuts, bruises and any specific marks should be documented. Keeping a journal of your loved one’s emotional state, including unusual behaviors, is also important. You may also need to gather medical records and statements from witnesses that back up the claims your loved one is making regarding the abuse.

Report the abuse

Once the evidence is gathered, the nursing home abuse should be reported immediately to the proper authorities. This includes contacting the local adult protective services (APS) agency that investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of older adults.

The nursing home should also be notified. This may be best done through your loved one’s attorney so they can ensure nothing is said that would have a negative impact on their case for compensation.

Ensure ongoing safety

Finally, it is important to ensure the loved one’s ongoing safety. This may involve relocating them to another facility or arranging for home care if it is viable. Regular visits and close communication with the loved one and the new care providers will be essential to ensure they receive proper care and are safe from further harm.

Consulting with a legal representative who can help you build a case against the nursing home is critical. They can explain the options and determine how to proceed with the case. Ultimately, it’s necessary to find ways to protect your loved one from abuse by the people who are supposed to be caring for them, and holding them accountable is a good way to start.

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