Nursing home abuse is becoming a severe public safety hazard, as its prevalence has grown as the population of the United States has aged collectively. This trend has only added to the concerns of many people because for the next 20 or 30 years millions of people across the country are going to encounter the need for this type of care. As the demand grows, so will the stress on the facilities that provide this care, and this stress will lead to mistakes and, in the eyes of many, more nursing home abuse.
The reason that we help talk loved ones into moving into this type of a facility is because they are vulnerable for some reason and they can no longer safely live without constant supervision. This vulnerability only makes people in this position easier targets for those who for whatever reason want to mistreat or take advantage of them. Anyone who is facing the reality of having a loved one move into a nursing home is most likely concerned about their happiness. Below are 5 basic steps to keep in mind that could minimize the chance that this person is mistreated.
- Lay the Foundation
As you evaluate different nursing homes with or for your loved one, make it very clear from the outset that you intend to be thorough with your due diligence and that you will remain quite involved with the life of the future resident. This will set the tone early that you will most likely notice a problem quickly.
- Visit Often
Many different studies have shown that nursing home residents who receive regular visitors are less likely to be mistreated than those who are basically left alone. That should be obvious, as the more people residents see the more it becomes possible for mistreatment to be noticed.
- Ask Questions
If you encounter any questions or concerns with regards to the care of your loved one, you should ask questions of that facility’s management. These questions could involve more than suspected mistreatment and could relate to the resident’s eating habits and social adjustment, but continue to stay involved.
- Follow Up
If you ask questions of staff and/or management of the facility, you should make sure that you consistently follow up with them if they reasonably need some time to provide you with an answer. For instance, if you’re told that they will monitor your loved one’s diet for the next week, make sure to follow up for a report one week later.
- Take Action
Instinct should tell you if something is wrong with your loved one, and if you notice anything troubling such as physical injuries, rapid changes in personality or unexplained refusals to visit that person, do not simply dismiss these signs.
If you do suspect that something is wrong, you need to make sure that you act with urgency. Contact the Las Vegas nursing home abuse lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.