When the time comes to move a loved one into a nursing home, you are most likely concerned whether they will provide him or her with the standard of life he or she deserves. Fortunately, nursing homes usually treat their patients with dignity, respect, and provide them with clean food, water, medical assistance, and more. However, this is not always the case, and sometimes, your loved one can be harmed by a negligent or abusive nursing home employer or staff member. This is completely unacceptable, which is why you must act as soon as possible by reporting the incident, hiring an aggressive attorney, and reading on to learn more about your legal options going forward.
What are the signs of nursing home neglect?
The elderly living in nursing homes are very often too scared to report abuse or neglect, which is why it is your job to ensure the nursing home staff and employers are doing everything they can to accommodate your loved one. Some signs of nursing home neglect can include the following:
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Broken bones
- Improper medication dosing
- Injuries from nursing home falls
- Sudden weight loss
- Verbal abuse or harassment
- Reports of physical or sexual abuse
How do I report a bad nursing home?
To report a negligent New York State nursing home, you can do several things. Of course, you can call your local authorities, the Department of Health, or speak with facility management. However, you may also file a nursing home complain form, which you can do in several ways. You may call the Nursing Home Complaint Hotline at 1-888-201-4563, print and fill out the Nursing Home Complaint Form, and more. Do not let your loved one be taken advantage of. Act now. To have your complaint processed in a timely manner, ensure you type or print clearly, include any names and phone numbers with whom you have already filed a complaint with, attach copies of paper materials that support your concern (no originals), and ensure you complete the form in its entirety.
How can I prove a nursing home abused/neglected my loved one?
To prove nursing home negligence, you should contact local authorities, as mentioned above. Not only may they ensure your loved one is better-taken care of, but they will also document the incident, which you and your attorney may use as evidence later on. Additionally, you should take pictures, video, or recover security camera footage of the incident. Lastly, you can also use medical documentation detailing the extent of your loved one’s injuries as evidence.
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