You may be able to move your loved one to another nursing home if you suspect abuse. If you fear that your loved one’s life is in danger or they could suffer immediate harm, you should contact law enforcement and remove them from the home immediately. Unfortunately, victims of abuse in nursing homes may not be able to speak about what is happening to them due to cognitive issues.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), those with cognitive problems have a higher risk of suffering from nursing home abuse. Victims may be unable to report abuse or fear that reporting abuse could lead to retaliation or other negative consequences. Some senior citizens may feel ashamed or believe that they have done something wrong to “deserve” such mistreatment.
Therefore, relatives need to be vigilant to the signs of abuse and ready to take action to protect their loved ones. Removing the senior to a safe location can be crucial. Relatives can also reach out to their state’s network of eldercare resources for help and guidance.
Things to Keep in Mind When Considering a Potential Move
Moving your relative out of their nursing home can be somewhat challenging. First, you should notify the nurse manager or director of nursing at the nursing home about your wish to move your relative. There are various state and federal laws concerning discharge processes.
You will need to know the steps and terms for leaving the nursing home and coordinate the move with the new nursing home. Questions to consider in the search for a suitable new nursing home can include:
- What are your loved one’s wishes and care needs?
- Is the nursing home close enough for family visits?
- Does the nursing home offer the care and support your loved one requires?
While practicalities are important, you should also consider the emotional aspects of a move. When looking for a new nursing home, listen to your loved one and your own gut feelings to point you in the right direction. When a nursing home “feels right,” staff members seem helpful and residents look happy and well cared for, you have most likely found a good match for your loved one.
Seeking Justice and Compensation for Your Loved One
Once you have moved your loved one to another nursing home after suspecting abuse, you may want to report your findings to the authorities and get legal advice and help. If your loved one suffered harm and medical expenses due to abuse or neglect, you might wish to take legal action and file a lawsuit. In this instance, collecting evidence, such as medical reports and photographs of any injuries, can be crucial for your claim.
A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you file a lawsuit, build a case, and collect the necessary evidence for proving nursing home neglect. In a personal injury lawsuit against the nursing home, you and your loved one can potentially recover compensation that could help with medical expenses and other damages. Types of compensation can include, among others:
- Costs of medical treatments and devices
- Medical transportation costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Past and future emotional distress
Contact an Attorney Today for Assistance
You do not have to put up with nursing home abuse. Contact us today to find out about your legal options and the best course of action to get your loved one the justice and compensation they deserve. Call Bernstein & Poisson for a free case review now at (702) 633-3333.