Protecting Your Loved One from Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Choosing a nursing home for your loved one can be difficult. With new homes opening regularly and established homes continuing to survive, there are more options now than ever before. However, how do you pick the best option for your aging family member? How do you choose a nursing home where your loved one will be able to live without fear of abuse or neglect?

Considerations for Choosing a Nursing Home

While it is almost impossible to know for sure, there are a number of factors you can evaluate to help you make your decision. When evaluating a nursing home for your loved one, consider the following:

  • Are the facilities updated? Is the equipment state-of-the-art?
  • What is the ratio of staff to residents?
  • How much experience does each staff member have? How long have they been working at this particular facility?
  • What do current residents and their families have to say about the nursing home?
  • Has the nursing home received any complaints at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or on other websites?

The answers to each of these questions should help give you an idea of whether a particular nursing home will be a safe choice for your loved one.

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Once your elderly friend or relative moves into a nursing home, it is important to monitor them for signs of abuse or neglect. These are some warning signs to watch out for:

  • Bed sores (pressure ulcers)
  • Injuries from falls
  • Dehydration or malnutrition
  • Unnecessary restraints
  • Infections
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Declining hygiene
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Mood swings, anxiety, and depression

Victims of elder abuse and neglect are often hesitant to speak up about their situation. Oftentimes they are either embarrassed or do not want to cause a problem. In some cases, they may not realize that they being mistreated or receiving improper care. In the worst-case scenario, they are afraid of what might happen to them if they say something. As a friend or family member, you should watch for these warning signs and let your loved one know that it is acceptable to tell you if something is wrong.

What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse

If you suspect that your loved one may be a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, you should speak with an experienced attorney right away. These situations only tend to get worse without intervention. By hiring legal representation, you can ensure that your loved one’s voice gets heard.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Nursing Home Injury Lawyer Samuel Jacobs

Attorney Samuel Jacobs and the experienced legal team at Jacobs Law LLC represent victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout the State of Indiana. To schedule your free consultation, please contact us online or call (317) 794-2024 today.