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Suspecting Nursing Home Abuse

One of the most heartbreaking feelings in the world is when a family member suspects a loved one is the subject of nursing home abuse. Although it may feel impossible to prove this point at times, it’s imperative to take action immediately when you first suspect it. Before that flustered feeling settles in, stay calm and take charge with these steps:

Be Observant

First and foremost, be as observant as possible. When visiting your loved one at a nursing home, always check for visible signs of physical abuse. For instance: if you notice clear and evident bruising — especially if it’s on their head, because even a minor bruise can cause trauma. In addition to any signs of physical abuse, check to see how they’re doing emotionally, too. Never neglect any type of signs your loved one may send.

Take Action

If it’s evident that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, then it’s time to take action. When taking this very important step, it’s pertinent to address any concerns with the facility’s administrator first. Sometimes dealing with the source of the abuse may make matters worse. If the facility administrator doesn’t take any immediate action, or no action at all, then it’s time to contact an attorney who will fight for your loved one’s safety and put you at ease.