The elderly are some of the most vulnerable people in all of society. Nonetheless, the rate of nursing home abuse in the United States may be as high as 30 percent, according to a 1999-2001 study prepared by staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee.
If you suspect that nursing home abuse is occurring, taking immediate action to prevent further damage from occurring is necessary.
Ask Your Elderly Loved One
If you suspect one of these types of nursing home abuse has happened, you may be able to find out by speaking directly with your elderly loved one.
However, keep in mind that older people who are being hurt in a nursing home are often afraid of admitting abuse because of potential repercussion. If your elderly loved one becomes defensive, emotional, or angry when discussing the topic, it may be a sign that abuse is occurring.
Talk to Nursing Home Supervisor
Speaking with the nursing home supervisor is a must. A nursing home supervisor may be able to provide more insight as to what is going on, and may be able to change your elderly loved one’s caretaker until further investigation is possible. What’s more, if abuse is happening and the supervisor was unaware, the abusive caregiver may be immediately discharged, protecting the abused.
Report the Abuse
If you believe that your elderly loved one is in imminent danger, or if the abuse is physical or sexual, then you should skip the two steps listed above and immediately dial 911. If there is no immediate risk of loss of life, then you should report the suspected abuse to The National Center on Elder Abuse or Adult Protective Services. You can find an elder care representative near you by calling 800-677-1116. Following that, you’ll want to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer in Pennsylvania.
Call an Attorney
Finally, you should call an attorney. Even if you’re not positive that abuse is occurring, an attorney can be of help. Have Cordisco & Saile LLC gather the evidence necessary to prove elder care negligence. Then, discuss medical malpractice, negligence, and liability as it applies to your case.
The abuse of an elderly person is a horrible act. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, don’t wait any longer to call (215) 642-2335.