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Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect FAQ’s

What is a nursing home?

A nursing home is a residential facility where elderly or disabled people can benefit from a level of skilled care that is no longer possible at home. Nursing homes are legally responsible for the well-being and safety of their residents.

What is nursing home abuse?

Nursing home abuse is deliberate physical or emotional mistreatment of a resident. It can take blatant forms such as hitting or shoving, or more subtle forms such as verbal abuse and coercion. Nursing home abuse is always illegal. If you or a loved one have been abused, you have the right to full compensation for damages. The facility may also be fined, reprimanded, or, in some cases, ordered to shut down.

What is nursing home neglect?

Nursing home neglect is a more common problem than outright abuse. Staff in a facility may fail to respond to a resident’s needs, offer insufficient personal hygiene care, ignore repeated calls for help, or neglect residents in many other ways. Some cases of neglect are subtle and progressive, leaving friends and family members unsuspecting until serious damage has happened.

Why is nursing home neglect so common?

Neglect is tragically common in many nursing homes, even in well-maintained and expensive facilities. As operating expenses continue to rise, many facilities cut corners by decreasing the number of staff or hiring workers with fewer skills in elder care. Overworked staff are more likely to neglect patients. In some cases, they may even lash out with physical abuse.

What should I do if I have been neglected or abused in a nursing home?

Many residents are reluctant to speak out because they are afraid they will be ignored or disbelieved. It is your right as a nursing home patient to live without fear of abuse or retaliation. An elder abuse lawyer can consult with you free of charge and help you learn more about your options.

What should I do if I suspect that my loved one has been neglected or abused?

If you suspect that your loved one has been neglected or abused in any way, you have the right to a full investigation. By speaking with a nursing home attorney, you can begin the process of uncovering possible abuse and securing financial compensation for damages suffered.

Nursing home abuse can be a complex and intimidating topic for residents and their families. Speak with one of our attorneys at Strom & Associates to find out more about your rights. Contact us today at (312) 609-0400 to schedule your free consultation.

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