Steps to Take if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Most nursing homes provide excellent care to their residents. However, from time to time abuse and negligence do occur. If you suspect a loved one is being abused, it is important that you do not ignore it. A Hanover, MD nursing home negligence lawyer can help you protect your loved one and take legal action against the nursing home, if necessary.

Here’s what you should do if you suspect a nurse or health care provider is abusing your loved one:

  • Stay calm and ask questions first. It’s easy to lose your temper when you suspect someone you loved is being mistreated. However, it’s important to be rational when questioning the staff about the suspected abuse. If you are not satisfied with their answers, then speak with the nursing home management.
  • Talk with your loved one. It’s best to question your loved one in private about what is happening.
  • Take notes. You may not be able to remember everything that is said or all of the signs of abuse that you notice. So write things down. Be detailed and record names, dates and statements from witnesses.
  • Photos. If you see any signs of abuse, take photos. This can be especially beneficial if you decide to take legal action.
  • Assess the seriousness of the situation. If you think that your loved one is in immediate danger, call the police. At the very least, they will ask you to give a statement, which can be helpful later on.

At some point you may need to contact a lawyer. Contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney at the law offices of Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP for a free consultation today.

By Michael A. DeSantis | Published January 20, 2014