Nursing home abuse is an extremely common problem that leaves elderly people in pain both physically and emotionally, and can sometimes even result in their death. These problems usually result from nurses hired without proper training and expectations of how to treat their patients. These caretakers sometimes lash out and treat their patients violently or neglect to care for them properly. In the case of these situations there are a few options you can take to ensure the safety of your loved one.
First, you should make sure to document all signs of abuse by interviewing witnesses, taking pictures, and filing injury reports. The doctors are required to report any abuse seen, if they are aware of the problem and fail to report it then they are now part of the problem as well.
Next, you should call 911 to notify local authorities. They will supply you with help by giving immediate medical attention to treat the abuse victim accordingly, by calling them you are also bringing awareness that the nursing home is not a safe place that follows the safety expectations. When the doctor examines the victim they will be able to look at the injuries more extensively and be able to tell what was unintentional or if it was means of abuse.
Most importantly, it is vital that you know the urgency to report the problem. Even if you are having doubts it’s better to be safe than sorry in the situation and report the problem to bring awareness and keep your loved one safe, this could even help other patients that are in the same or worse of a position. There is also an option to stay anonymous if you think it is better to stay unknown, this may be a good option if you are worried that your abuser will lash out as a result of you filing a claim against them.