Although it may be necessary to place a family member in a nursing home, this is not an easy decision to make. When you are no longer able to care for a loved one at home, you put your trust in nursing home professionals to use their training to provide the medical care your loved one needs.
Most Indiana caretakers and nursing home facilities work hard to earn this trust by offering high-quality medical care. However, if you suspect that your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, acting quickly and effectively is critical.
Following these steps can help you protect your loved one’s welfare
- Remain composed when speaking to the nursing home staff and administrators after you first notice injuries that may suggest abuse. Losing your temper at staff members can shut down channels of communication and limit your ability to resolve this matter.
- Talk to your loved one alone. Get your loved one’s side of the story before you bring your concerns to an administrator.
- Write down your concerns and record evidence of the suspected abuse. Ask the staff for medical records and speak to staff members assigned to your loved one.
- Share your evidence and concerns with the nursing home administrator. If you believe that management is not responding appropriately, you may need to contact the police and the area Ombudsman. The local Ombudsman advocates for nursing home residents struggling with a range of issues, including abuse or neglect.
- Speak to an attorney with a strong background in nursing home abuse or neglect. Indiana laws offer protection to victims of this abuse. Navigating the legal process without a qualified professional can unnecessary prolong the process and may negatively affect the outcome.
You are your loved one’s primary advocate. When you are looking out for your family member’s best interests, remaining vigilant, documenting evidence and speaking to the proper authorities can help you defend your loved one’s dignity and well-being.