The elderly are helpless against nursing home abuse and neglect. They need our protection.
A recent study revealed the shocking truth that more than 30 percent of nursing homes have received an abuse citation.
At Greene & Associates, we believe in the importance of defending these victims and demanding there be consequences for these actions. In doing so, together we join the crusade for change.
If you or a loved one is living in a nursing home facility, it’s important to understand that there are rigorous standards of care that protect the elderly. A written copy of these standards should be in your hands when you sign the contract and when your loved one assumes residency. It’s vital to be vigilant as you watch for signs of neglect or abuse. Remember, your loved one is depending on you to keep him or her safe.
Known types of abuse and neglect
- Unattended falls
- Bedsores and sacral ulcers
- Sexual abuse
- Dehydration and malnourishment
- Overmedication or incorrect medication
- Infection, sepsis and neglected wounds
- Wrongful death as a result of any of the above over a prolonged period of time
- Emotional abuse such as repeated insults, humiliation and threats
- Ignoring or isolating the resident for extended amounts of time
- Failure to bathe the patient or change bedding, clothing and wound dressings
- Forced restraint by chemical (such as sedation or use of other psycho-pharmaceuticals) or physical means
Read more about the signs of abuse and neglect.
What can we do?
When you signed your final documentation for nursing home residency, you should have received a written policy outlining standards of care. You can reference this as you move forward.
1. Notify the administrator of the nursing home of your concerns.
2. If the problem is not resolved, if it is denied completely or if your loved one does not improve, it’s time to contact a lawyer and file a claim.
3. Document everything. Keep a journal that includes:
- Important dates of communication or visitation
- Description of condition of the patient or the residence
- Photographs of wounds or of room/bed/patient hygiene, etc.
- Records of communication that include name, staff member position and response/action taken (or not taken)
Contact Greene & Associates today to take immediate action. You can make a difference in the life of your loved one and others who are suffering from abuse and neglect at that facility. One phone call can have a positive impact on many lives.