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Helping a Loved One Address Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Published on Jun 20, 2013 at 9:43 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

If you suspect a loved one has been injured by abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you may wish to help, but are uncertain as to where to start. While an experienced Kentucky nursing home injury attorney can help you and your loved one in many ways, an attorney’s help is most effective when you are prepared and can provide the most information possible.

Consider taking the following steps as soon as you suspect abuse or neglect in preparation for legal action, if necessitated:

  • Keep detailed notes about your loved one’s stay in the nursing home or other facility. For instance, it may be helpful to keep a journal documenting the date and time of your visits, what you see, and to whom you speak. Keep this journal in your possession.
  • If you make any complaints, record the date and time of the complaint, the nature of the complaint, and the name and position of all nursing home staff or other persons you speak to about the complaint. If you send any letters, keep copies of them.
  • Take photographs, both of things that seem out of the ordinary and things that seem to be in order. These photos can show both when abuse and neglect is occurring and that your loved one can live a good quality of life when abusive or neglectful conditions are not imposed upon him or her.
  • Ask friends and other visitors to keep their eyes open for problems. Make notes if they report any problems to you, or ask them to make a note of their observations.

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