What can I do to protect my loved one from nursing home abuse and neglect?

Family members should be aware of the danger of nursing home abuse and neglect, so that they can watch for warning signs and protect their loved ones.

It is important for family members to pay frequent unannounced visits to their loved ones in a nursing home, to see for themselves what kind of treatment is being provided. One can observe the facility to see how the staff members interact with residents and check for things like cleanliness. One can also check the Nursing Home Compare database at Medicare.gov to see whether the facility has earned good ratings in health inspections, staffing levels and quality measures.

When visiting with a loved one, be aware of any changes in their appearance or demeanor, including unexplained bruises, changes in weight or changes in behavior. If a loved one seems fearful, isolated or emotionally upset, ask why. If someone notices any signs of poor hygiene, malnutrition, dehydration or other substandard care, they should demand explanations from the staff or management of the facility.

If your loved one was harmed by abuse or neglect in a nursing home, contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation to learn more about your rights.

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