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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What should I do if my loved one is abused or neglected in a nursing home?

If you have a loved one who resides in a nursing home, always remain diligent in watching for signs of physical, sexual, mental, emotional, or financial abuse. Many times nursing home abuse occurs as a pattern of ongoing neglect rather than one specific act and symptoms may take some time to notice. While you should immediately be suspicious of obvious injuries that are newly formed, such as cuts, burns, and bruises, many signs of nursing home abuse and neglect tend to be more subtle.

If you suspect that a loved one is being abused, you should report it immediately to the Office of the Inspector General at 502-564-7963 and the Kentucky Attorney General Nursing Home Abuse Hotline at 877-228-7384. You should also document all evidence and take pictures and video if you suspect that your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home. Some key pieces of documentation include.

  • Name of victim and your relationship to the victim
  • Age, if known
  • Name and address of facility
  • Date of incident(s)
  • Time(s)
  • Description of incident(s)
  • Nature of the abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • Name of alleged perpetrator(s)
  • Names of any witnesses and how to reach them
  • Any pictures, videos, etc.

You should also immediately request records from the facility. Federal and state regulations require that nursing homes timely document all care that was given to each resident. Finally, you should immediately contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. A nursing home abuse lawyer will help you evaluate your rights and what course of action to pursue to avoid any further harm to your loved one or to other residents in the facility.

If your loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect, call Bowling Green and Glasgow attorney Flora Templeton Stuart at (888) 782-9090 for a free consultation. Flora and her team will immediately begin investigating abuse allegations and will fight for the rights of elders who are often among the most disadvantaged members of society.

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