You Suspect Neglect in Your Parent’s Nursing Home – What Do You Do Next?
Nursing home neglect often goes unreported due to the difficulties of defining and identifying abuse. However the St. Louis nursing home neglect attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to know there are things you can do to help your loved one:
1. Visit often, noting time-sensitive warning signs.
Those with memory loss, communication problems and other limitations are counting on you to notice interaction with caretakers, behavioral changes, unexplained sores and bruises, frequent diseases/infections, and even financial discrepancies and changes to power of attorney that often occur in abuse cases.
2. Give a detailed report of any suspicious incident . . .
To the doctor, patient advocate, or social worker. They are required by law to report abuse. Also contact the National Center on Elder Abuse to inform the proper authority.
3. Find a new facility.
This can be a stressful experience for your loved one, who has friends at the current facility. You may need legal counsel to facilitate their move to a better environment. Look for a nursing home close to a family member, where regular visits can be facilitated. Thoroughly research their reputation, allowing your loved one to visit the center and staff multiple times prior to the move.
Has your loved one suffered a severe case of nursing home neglect? Don’t wait on government action! Call 911 and seek the legal counsel of the St. Louis nursing home neglect attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman today.