Are you concerned your loved one is being abused, neglected, or mistreated in a nursing home? Read through these proactive steps to prevent nursing home abuse.
1. Video surveillance
If you have reasonable belief that your loved one is being abused, set up a
video surveillance system in their room. It is important that you do so only
with reasonable suspicions, without the installation being in sight of the
nursing staff. This is one of the most effective ways to catch mistreatment
of a resident.
2. Check for licensed medical doctors
Sometimes nursing homes hire employers to act as doctors, without
having their medical license, the knowledge, experience, or manners of a
licensed professional. Check to make sure the doctors of medically
licensed, to ensure your loved one is being provided with the proper care.
3. Check for licensed or registered nurses.
Non-licensed or untrained nurses may also be on staff. Check to make
sure the nurses who are caring for you loved one is licensed or registered.
Residents need the level of care a registered nurse can only provide.
4. Examine the condition of the nursing home
Often times a dirty nursing home is an indication of a neglectful staff.
When visiting, examine the condition of the nursing home.
5. Examine the condition of the residents
Just as important as the well-kept condition of the nursing home is the
appearance of the residents. When visiting, look to see if the residents are
well-kept, comfortable, and clean. Neglected residents will not appear this
6. Find out if the home has received any citations, or has been investigated.
Finding out if the home has received any citations or if they have been
investigated in the past indicates that the particular home is not the best
place for your loved one.
If you later discover your loved one has been abused or neglected by the nursing
home or the individual caretaker, please do not hesitate to call or contact David H. Kaplan, a
highly experienced personal injury attorney, who you can depend on to pursue a
lawsuit to compensate for your loved one’s injuries.