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Nursing home abuse: There are many questions to answer

It goes without saying that you will do whatever you can to keep a loved one out of a nursing home. However, there are times when you have no choice but to consider this option.

If you need to make this difficult decision, it's important to learn more about the many nursing homes in your area. This will help you choose the one that is best for your family member.

Since you will always have concerns about nursing home abuse, it's important to answer a variety of questions:

  • Does the nursing home have any reports of negligence on record? You need to dig around to find this information, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. You can also see what others are saying by conducting a simple online search.
  • What rights do residents have? You should never believe that your loved one has to give up his or her rights in order to receive nursing home care. This person still has the right to live free from physical, sexual, mental, and verbal abuse. There is never a time when this type of behavior is acceptable.
  • What steps should you take if your loved one complains of abuse or neglect? Even if you are unsure of what is going on, this isn't something you should overlook. You need to fully understand that this is a serious situation. Learn more about the system in your state for reporting allegations of nursing home abuse. While the investigation is ongoing, you may want to move the patient to a different facility.

The majority of nursing home facilities are compassionate to the needs of its patients and their loved ones. Unfortunately, there will always be those who break the law in some way, shape, or form.

If you have any reason to believe that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, it's time to take action. You don't want to wait around, as this could make things worse on the person.

At some point, depending on what the investigation turns up, you may be able to help your loved one file a lawsuit against the negligent party.

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