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Nursing Home Abuse Faq’s

What rights do residents of nursing homes have?

A resident in a nursing home has the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical and mental abuse, and any physical or chemical restraint that is imposed for purposes of discipline or convenience, rather than to treat a medical condition. A nursing home that participates in the Medicare program gives rights under statute. If a nursing home is not regulated by federal statute, its residents will still have rights under state laws.

What qualifies as “neglect” in the nursing home setting?

Neglect of an elder person in a nursing home is defined as the failure to provide him or her with services essential to health and safety, such as food, clothing, supervision, and medical care. Depending on the case these failures may either be neglect or abuse.

Why are neglect and abuse common in a nursing home?

Several reasons can often contribute to the abuse or neglect of nursing home residents, including poorly trained and unqualified staff, inadequate numbers of staff and, reluctance of residents to report abuse out of embarrassment or fear. Unfortunately, many living in nursing homes are unable to properly communicate instances of nursing home neglect and abuse because of their physical or mental state.

What are some signs that nursing home abuse
or neglect is occurring to a resident?

  • Dehydration or malnutrition
  • Bed sores (decubitus ulcers)
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, or fractures
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Soiled linens or clothing
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Depression
  • Loss of resident's possessions
  • Sudden financial changes

Where should suspected nursing home abuse be reported?

If you suspect that your family member may be the victim of nursing home abuse notify the nursing home administrator immediately. The administrator is required to investigate and report it to the state agency. You should also contact the Department of Public Health (Licensing & Certification Division) or the County Long Term Care Ombudsman. Mr. Bryant is committed to helping bring justice to the elderly and their families.

Why should I hire Attorney Joel Bryant?

Attorney Joel Bryant is committed to helping the elderly and their families. If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of less than adequate care at their nursing home contact Joel Bryant today at (619) 239-7900 for a free legal consultation.

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