Mistakes to Avoid in a Nursing Home Abuse Case

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Question:

What mistakes should I avoid when filing a nursing home abuse claim?

Answer:

The mistakes that we see with nursing home negligence cases is waiting too long after problems are seen. You want to be tolerant and you want to understand that nursing home personnel have tough jobs, Mistakes to Avoid in a Nursing Home Abuse Case and you always want to be respectful in dealing with nursing home employees, but you need to firmly and politely insist on getting good care for your loved ones. If you’re coming to visit and you’re seeing that they are not getting the care that they need and deserve, you need to bring it up with people such as the nursing supervisor, administrator of the home, or the doctor that’s assigned to your loved one.

One of the problems that you run into in many nursing homes is that there are a limited number of doctors that will actually come to the nursing home. If your loved one isn’t being moved regularly, if they’re not getting their meals, if they’re not getting help eating their meals, if they’re not being provided repositioning, if they’re not being cleaned, if you’re coming in and finding them soiled, those are problems that need to be addressed. If you think there have been medication errors, if they’re not being taken to therapy or they’re not being given something as basic as water, those are red flags that you need to talk to someone in control and you need to then start monitoring what’s going on.

The additional thing you need to do is only be tolerant to a point. If you find that problems are not being fixed, then you need to start thinking about moving your loved one. If you see any red flags, the most important thing you can do is ensure that you and other loved ones visit regularly. Don’t get trapped into visiting at a specific time every day. I understand people work and you may not have the leeway to go by except at lunch or after work. Enlist loved ones, someone from your family member’s church, synagogue, or other religious affiliation. Get friends and tell them there’s a problem going on and enlist their help.

Having someone that goes and visits the loved one on a regular but infrequent basis, meaning going by multiple times a week but at different times of the day, keeps the staff on their toes and ensures that the loved one is being checked during multiple shifts. If you are seeing problems, then you need to react to it by talking to administrative personnel.


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