Three Ways to Protect Your Elderly Loved One from Nursing Home Neglect

Nurse Holding Elderly Patient's HandBenton, AR- For the most part, the nurses and caregiver at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are compassionate. Their priority is to ensure your elderly love one gets the care they need and deserve. But, unfortunately not all caregivers or nursing home employees are Florence Nightingales and whether intentionally or unintentionally harm the very people who depend on them most.

There are nearly 1.7 million Americans in nursing home and other assisted-living facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control. One in ten of those elderly persons face abuse and/or neglect so it’s important their loved ones know how to protect them from abuse and neglect. Here are three tips from our Arkansas nursing home abuse attorneys you can follow to protect your loved one from abuse or neglect.

One surefire way to prevent neglect or abuse is to utilize a hidden camera in your elderly loved one’s room. These cameras, which have been dubbed “Granny Cams,” can be concealed in everyday objects like clocks or teddy bears and can catch everything that goes in their room. The only problem with a granny cam is that you have to get permission from a facility’s administrators before you can use them. Most facilities have nothing to hide and have no qualms with a hidden camera, but that isn’t always the case. Some facilities forbid the use of these cameras which should give a family caution.

Making regular visits is also another way to prevent your loved one from being abused or neglected. This is the single most important action your can take. Regular visits are good for the mental well-being of nursing home residents and also gives a family the opportunity to observe what is going on in a facility. You will see if staff members attend to the patients and have a good demeanor.

Regular visits also deprive abusers of the opportunities they need to take advantage of a resident. If they know you are going to be there on a regular basis they are less likely to target your loved one.

Do your research when trying to find a facility for aging parent, relative or friend. This is a very important task and while it may be time-consuming will be, by far, the best safeguard against nursing home abuse and neglect. You should check with the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare to get a facilities ratings. Also contact Arkansas’ Long-Term Care Ombudsman to see how many and what types of citations a facility has received.

When an elder is abused or neglected, they and their families also have the right to take civil action against the abuser and/or the facility where the harmful event occurred. A civil lawsuit will hold a facility and an abuser accountable for their reprehensible actions. Our nursing home abuse attorneys serving Arkansas will investigate your allegations and build a strong injury claim on your loved one’s behalf. With their help you will receive the compensation you deserve.