How To Prevent Elder Abuse In A Nursing Home
Don’t let your loved one suffer in silence
Nursing home abuse and neglect can happen to any nursing home resident. That’s why it’s important to take steps whenever possible to prevent abuse or neglect in nursing homes. Below, you’ll find some suggestions for keeping your loved one safe in a nursing home. These suggestions are based on our years of experience working with families dealing with nursing home abuse or neglect.
Our Georgia nursing home abuse attorneys at Kurle Justus, LLC have dedicated our careers to fighting for the rights of elder abuse victims. We know the warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect. We know what questions to ask. We can be your family’s voice for justice if you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect.
Our unique qualifications give us an edge when it comes to dealing with abuse or neglect in nursing homes. One of our attorneys worked in the healthcare field for 10 years before becoming a lawyer. Put our knowledge and skills to work for you. We can be your family’s voice for justice.
What you can do to prevent elder abuse in a nursing home
There are many steps you can take to prevent elder abuse in a nursing home. Some of our suggestions include:
Before choosing a nursing home:
- Ask the nursing home about their staff-to-resident ratio.
- Find out how many doctors or nurses are on staff.
- Ask to see the nursing home’s inspection records.
- Ask the nursing home how they handle complaints of abuse or neglect.
If your family member already lives in a nursing home:
- Visit your loved one as often as possible.
- Ask your loved one if they are getting adequate food or care.
- Look around the nursing home when you’re there.
- Does the nursing home look clean?
- Do the residents seem well-fed?
- Do the residents look happy?
If you suspect something’s wrong, we strongly recommend doing four things:
- Seek immediate medical care for your family member.
- Tell the nursing home you believe your loved one is being abused or neglected.
- Contact the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. They are responsible for investigating allegations of nursing home abuse or neglect in Georgia.
- Contact our law firm. We can help you every step of the way.
You have rights. Our Georgia elder abuse lawyers can fight for them.
Make sure you take your nursing home abuse or neglect concerns seriously right from the start. The longer you wait to take legal action, the more your loved one may suffer. Also, the evidence needed to build a strong legal case can disappear over time if you wait too long to report the abuse or neglect. Without strong evidence, you might have a hard time holding the nursing home accountable for its actions.
Put your trust in a Georgia nursing home abuse attorney who puts your family’s needs first. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation with our law firm. We can be your voice for justice. We can meet with you in our Decatur office or wherever’s convenient for you.