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What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

When your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect that they will be given high-quality care. Most nursing homes can and do provide good care for their residents. But if you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, you should take immediate action. Family members should never allow suspected abuse or negligence to go unchecked.

Signs of abuse or neglect include:

  • Injuries such as bruises, scrapes, abrasions, and broken bones
  • Bedsores
  • Dehydration or malnutrition
  • Loss of weight

Report the Abuse

Nursing home abuse can be difficult to prove because it can be time-sensitive. Injuries heal, behavior fluctuates, and turnover is high among nursing home staff. The quicker you can intervene, the stronger you will be able to make your case.

To help your case, keep track of any changes in your loved one’s health or behavior that are not explained by their medical condition. Drop by the nursing home unexpectedly to see if you observe any abusive behaviors. Report your suspicions to Alaska Adult Protective Services.

Contact an Alaska nursing home lawyer who can help you build a case for abuse or negligence.

Consider Changing Facilities If Your Loved One Is in Danger

Although you might encounter resistance if your loved one is settled in at the facility with friends and an established routine, moving them to another facility might be your best option. Be sure to go above and beyond when conducting research for another facility. This type of move is particularly tough on the elderly, so do your due diligence in finding a better option. Research staff-to-patient ratios and ensure that the home can accommodate your loved one’s particular needs. If you can, speaking to other residents and their families can help you make a good decision.

Why You Need an Attorney

Contacting an experienced attorney if you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect can save you a lot of time, energy, and money. An attorney can advise you on filing a report and will serve as a legal advocate for you and your loved one. 

Ben Crittenden will fight to protect your loved one’s legal rights. Your case might also protect other patients at the nursing home from similar neglect or abuse. Call today to request a free consultation.

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