The decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home isn’t an easy one. At a certain point, however, it’s the right thing to do. By staying involved in your loved one’s life, you can minimize the risk of nursing home abuse and neglect. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s the perfect time to revisit a few key things to look for when placing a loved one in a nursing home. It’s also a good time to be especially mindful of signs of nursing home negligence.

Finding the Right Facility

Regardless of the time of year, it’s crucial to take your time while looking for a nursing home for your loved one. By being aware of the signs of elder abuse and neglect, you will have an easier time placing your relative in a safe and pleasant facility.

Visit several nursing homes. Pay attention to the demeanor of the residents. When you see an employee, make a point of saying hello. How are you treated? Are the employees courteous and friendly, or do they basically give you the cold shoulder? Try to speak to at least a few residents as well. Do they seem happy? If a resident’s relative is present, speak to her as well. Is she happy with how her loved one is being treated? Pay attention to the quality of the facilities too. Are they maintained well? Are they neat and clean? If not, it’s probably not the facility for your loved one.

Know the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

You’re sure to visit your loved one even more frequently during the holidays. While doing so, be on the lookout for common signs of abuse and neglect. If your loved one seems withdrawn, unusually quiet or depressed, something could be wrong. If your loved one has been suffering from poor hygiene or seems to have trouble with his medications, he may not be receiving the care he deserves. How does your loved one respond to employees at the facility? If he seems wary or nervous, it might be because he is not being treated well.

Ensure the Ongoing Proper Treatment of Your Loved One

The best way to ensure the ongoing proper treatment of your loved one is by visiting him regularly. By being involved, you will be able to advocate for your loved one more effectively. Get to know an administrator at the facility and ask to be kept in the loop about changes in personnel, roommates and other situations.

Fight Back Against Nursing Home Negligence

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, you need to act quickly. With the help of an experienced and competent elder abuse lawyer, you will be able to bring an Arkansas nursing home lawsuit against the facility. In many cases, this is the only way to give abused nursing home residents a voice. Fortunately, getting started is easy. Just contact Law Offices of Gary Green by phone at 1-888-442-7947 or by email. Your loved one may be entitled to compensation, and the professionals at Law Offices of Gary Green will work to ensure that the negligent parties are held responsible.

Friday, 21 May 2010 12:44

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Nursing home cases are some of the most difficult cases we encounter. They are onerous because of the complexities that arise and the vigorous and expensive defenses mounted by the large corporations that own the nursing homes. On a more personal level, they are also among the most difficult cases because we relate to the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. We relate to the families who are saddened and guilt ridden by being forced into the position of confronting the abuse and neglect on behalf of their loved one and for those who follow.

We field so many calls regarding nursing home abuse and neglect that we know that callousness, under staffing, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, negligent retention, and greed are pervasive. As much as we would like to, we cannot help everyone who calls us.

Sometimes the suspected negligence is not negligence at all. Sometimes negligence exists, but the condition of the victim was such that a bad result would have occurred anyway. Sometimes negligence exists, but the cost of proving it in court would outweigh the anticipated jury verdict. Generally, a claim or litigation is only recommended when the victim of negligence is permanently in a worsened condition than before the negligence occurred. For instances of abuse or neglect that do not result in permanent damage, we recommend vigorous prosecution in the criminal courts if warranted, and complaints to the state’s Office of Long Term Care or other agencies that regulate and investigate nursing homes.

Watch out for unexplained injuries, bedsores, or the use of a catheter or psychotropic drugs without a corresponding doctor’s order. Be aware that the statute of limitation applied to nursing homes can be tricky. Short medical negligence statutes of limitation apply in some situations, while longer ordinary negligence or even contract statutes of limitation apply in others. We recommend filing a case within the shorter medical negligence statute of limitations whenever possible, but we will consider taking on a case, in some instances, after the medical negligence statute of limitations has expired.

Nursing homes in the State of Arkansas are no longer required to carry liability insurance. Before placing a loved one in a nursing home, investigate the home fully. Below are a few helpful links that will assist in your research:

If you have questions or need additional information, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.