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How to Report Nursing Home Abuse

Knowing that a loved one is being abused in a nursing home can be devastating. Most people aren’t sure what steps to take when they find out their relative or loved one is suffering in a nursing home. Nursing home abuse should always be reported. Knowing how to report nursing home abuse is critical to stop abuse and make sure your loved one is safe. Reach out to a lawyer near you for help.

Reporting Abuse 

Reporting abuse often means opening a report or claim. This means an investigation will be opened up and the nursing home will be questioned. They might also double-check that there are no other cases of abuse happening in the home. Keep in mind that abuse is different from neglect

Abuse means that the caregiver purposely caused harm to the person and acted in a way that intentionally hurt them. 

The main ways to report abuse include:

  • Call a nursing home abuse hotline.
  • Work with the doctors and other medical personnel.
  • Contact adult protective abuse services.
  • Call the local or state level nursing home abuse hotlines.

You can also need to remove your loved one as soon as you see that abuse is happening. Find a safe place for them to stay as soon as possible and take them out of the care of the nursing home. 

Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs 

Knowing the signs of nursing home abuse can ensure you are always looking after your loved ones and you are keeping them away from harm. Abuse doesn’t always mean physical harm, but it does in many cases. Even if your loved one does not have physical harm, they could still face harm in many other ways:

  • Emotional abuse, including insults and threats. 
  • Financial abuse, including money theft and scams. 
  • Neglect, including the patient not being taken care of according to the safety and health protocols of the state.
  • Sexual abuse, including coercion, force, and the inability to provide consent.

Physical warning signs can include broken bones, bruises, welts, cuts, burns, and sores. It can also include poor nutrition and missing medical devices. Emotional warning signs can include changes in behavior or sleep, depression, fear or anxiety, and unresponsiveness. 

Documenting the Signs 

If you plan to go to court, you will need to document the signs of abuse. The court will ask for proof, and they will want to see the signs of abuse. You can contact the local authorities and file a report. You can also contact the National Center on Elder Abuse or use the Eldercare Locator to report abuse. 

You can also contact a doctor or medical expert to see your loved one and testify to signs of abuse. 

Learn How a Lawyer Can Help After Nursing Home Abuse

If you need the help of a lawyer to report elder abuse and then hold responsible those who did this, call The Nye Law Group at 912-200-5230. You can also fill out the following online form. 

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