Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse
May 23 07:46 2018 Print This Article

The abuse of the America’s elderly is an extremely unfortunate reality. Even more unfortunate is the the fact that with an aging population abuse in nursing homes and other care facilities will likely only become more and more prevalent. There are things that can be done. This article lists a number of ways that you can help be a part of the solution to nursing home abuse.

Understand and Know Indications of Potential Abuse & Neglect

There can be a myriad of indications that things are not right. If you have a loved one in a care facility, you need to monitor their health and condition closely. There could be many indications but here are some of the most common:

  • Sudden unexplained weight loss
  • Sores, wounds, broken bones and other injuries (especially if they appear to have been untreated)
  • Poor hygiene of their bodies
  • Poor physical state of their surroundings (dirty bed sheets, clothing, etc.)
  • Sudden changes of emotional state such withdrawal and/or fearful

If you suspect that your loved one is not being properly cared for you need to report it right away.

Do Your Research

Before selecting a facility, be sure to do as much research as possible. Thoroughly read reviews, look into the health and welfare reports to find any incidents that may have occurred at the facility in question. Doing research may prevent you from investing money into poorly run facilities. If a care facility has an issue of caring for their residents and they are missing out on opportunities to house more residents because of it, it will likely encourage them to make policy changes that will improve the care of their patrons.

 

Advocate to Remove Laws that Protect Negligent Facilities

It’s hard to believe that there could ever be created laws that protect facilities that are improperly caring for their residents. However, laws like Minnesota’s Abatement Law do just that. The Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm explain the Abatement Laws as follows:

Imagine if a nursing home employee is found guilty of assaulting, battering or otherwise abusing a resident. There is then an impending tort lawsuit for the wrongful actions of these individuals. However, if before the tort lawsuit is completed, the abused individual dies, so does the lawsuit. Other states allow the litigation to continue until the injustice has been corrected. If you are a Minnesota resident you need to write your local representatives and let them know this is wrong and demand action.

If you have reason to believe that your loved one is being mistreated in any way, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm today. They can help give you the guidance on the next steps and the appropriate course of action.

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