Recognizing Signs of Abuse at a Nursing Home
When it comes to nursing home abuse or elderly neglect, you can never be too cautious. In far too many instances, family members are shocked to learn that their loved one was neglected or abused in a nursing home or other type of care facility; they just had no reason to suspect that anything was wrong or they brushed off any minor signs of potential abuse thinking that they were overreacting.
How to Identify Common Signs of Abuse in a Nursing Home
Here are some main ways in which you can identify possible nursing home abuse:
- Visit regularly, but make sure that you go to the care facility or nursing home without giving prior notice and at different times of day.
- Strongly consider visiting when meals are being served to make sure that the person you care about is eating and drinking properly.
- Make a point to speak with nursing home physicians, who are usually at nursing homes once a month, to discuss your loved one’s exam and overall health.
- Even if you’ve already spoken to the physician or a nursing home staff member, write down any concerns or suspicions that you have regarding your loved one’s health.
- Don’t be afraid of possible retaliation occurring from reporting troubling matters of possible abuse or neglect – it’s better to take action than let the harm continue.
- Remember that admission to a nursing home cannot be rejected if you refuse to sign a waiver in an Arbitration Agreement that families are typically encouraged to sign. If you sign this, you will waive your right to hold the nursing home legally responsible in a court of law.
Review the Red Flags of Abuse provided by the National Center on Elder Abuse.
With these points in mind, please remember to trust your gut when visiting your loved one in a nursing home. If your loved one seems depressed, ill, or upset, make sure you know why and take action to keep them safe and healthy.
Picking a nursing home in Florida can be challenging, but it is important to make sure that you take the necessary time in researching, interviewing, and visiting such establishments.
Visit Medicare.gov to compare nursing homes and learn more about the best options for your family member.
What To Do If You Notice Signs of Abuse in a Nursing Home or Care Facility
- If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger or in dire need of medical care, call 9-1-1 and request local police and/or an ambulance.
- If they are not in immediate danger, contact the Adult Protective Services (APS) at 1-800-962-2873 or online at https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/. Be prepared to give the elder’s name, location, contact information, and a description of the suspected abuse. During the call you may be asked your name, but don’t worry, they will still take the report even if you don’t want to reveal your identity.
- Try to document as much of the evidence as possible, including taking pictures of cuts, bruises, etc.
- Call an accomplished elder abuse attorney. The legal team at Farah & Farah has been successfully representing Florida injury victims for over 35 years and will put their legal knowledge to work on your claim. Call 855-797-9899 today for a free case evaluation.
- Tell other family members about your suspicions and discuss moving the elder person to a different care facility.
Emotional Abuse in a Jacksonville Nursing Home
Nursing home abuse doesn’t necessarily have to be physical; it can also be mental or emotional, and be verbal or nonverbal, such as:
- Ridicule and humiliation of an elderly person
- Demeaning behavior toward an elderly person
- Habitual blaming and scape goating
- Intimidation through yelling or threatening behavior
- Isolating from friends, other patients, social activities
- Ignoring or neglecting the elder person
Emotional or psychological abuse can be devastating to a vulnerable person and may manifest itself in physical symptoms, such as stopping eating or attempting to hurt themselves.
Get Legal Help Today. Contact a Jacksonville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Farah & Farah
No individual should ever be subjected to the victimization of nursing home abuse or neglect. If your loved one has suffered because of nursing home understaffing or other forms of neglect, our nursing home abuse lawyers in Jacksonville at Farah & Farah can help. Call 855-797-9899 today to learn more about your legal rights and options.