What To Do If You Suspect Abuse

What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Upon deciding to move your loved one into a nursing home, you probably performed thorough research before selecting the facility you felt most comfortable with. But nursing home abuse can happen at even the most reputable care facilities. If the nursing home staff is unable or unwilling to explain a loved one's injuries or sudden changes in behavior, turn to the attorneys at Berenson & Associates for compassionate guidance.

Recognizing The Warning Signs

When an elderly or infirm person requires care and assistance with basic needs, there is often a network of people involved in that person's care. With so many staff members involved in your loved one's care, it is important to take note of any signs of abuse or mistreatment.

If you are not allowed to visit your loved one during normal visiting hours or a staff member insists on being present during your visit, voice your concerns with the manager or a supervisor. Unless you believe your loved one is in imminent danger, it is typically best to confront the care facility's administration before attempting to take legal action. You can also report suspected abuse to the New Mexico Adult Protective Services division. Supplying photos of any injuries or written statements from the victim or witnesses can help support your claim.

Speak With Your Loved One

If you suspect abuse, talk to your loved one about your concerns. Take note, your loved one may be reluctant to admit to the abuse. The abuse victim may fear retribution from the abuser or dread moving to a new facility. Also, victims who suffer from a degenerative disease may not be mentally cognizant enough to recognize the abuse.

Taking The Next Step

Speaking with a lawyer can help you identify your next steps. To schedule a no-cost consultation at our Albuquerque office, reach us online or call 505-227-8315.