What should I do if I believe a nursing home resident has been abused?
First and foremost, if you believe any nursing home resident’s life is in danger, you should obtain medical assistance for them. Notify nursing home staff and, if you are not satisfied with their response, phone local law enforcement or 911.
Next, you should notify the nursing home’s management of your concerns. This should be done verbally right away and followed up in writing.
Save a copy of the letter to management for your files, and file a similar complaint with your state’s nursing home regulatory body:
- Kentucky’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Indiana’s Comprehensive Care Facility (Nursing Homes) Licensing and Certification Program
- Tennessee’s Board of Nursing Home Administrators
Maintain copies of any communication from the state or nursing home about your complaint.
You should also contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. An attorney can act more quickly than a government bureaucracy to help you and will work for your interests.
The Becker Law Office assists residents of long-term care facilities and their families in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. We can help correct a dangerous or unlawful situation, and help you obtain compensation for the harm your loved one has suffered.
Through legal action, a negligent nursing home may be compelled to compensate a resident for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses, including the cost of relocating a resident if necessary.