What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: March 24th, 2015 |

America’s population is aging, and as they do, commercial and private healthcare for the elderly is becoming an increasingly important, and growing, sector of the job market in Ohio and in other states.  As with all growing sectors of the job market, law has not kept up.  Unfortunately, unscrupulous or even just lazy individuals will take advantage of the lack of regulation.  The majority of elder care providers are good-hearted, respectful people, but there is a minority of so-called “professionals” who may attempt to take advantage of your elderly loved ones.  

Take the following measures to prevent your loved one being in a negligent or abusive situation.  First and foremost, do some research on the facility and/or caretaker you plan on using.  Secondly, you can set up hidden surveillance to make sure your loved one isn’t being taken advantage of.  This can be done using “granny cams” which can be purchased online or at a local electronics store.  These usually consist of an embedded camera in a stuffed animal or other item one might place on a shelf.

If you suspect your loved one is being abused physically, sexually, financially, or in another way, or if you notice signs of negligence, there are steps you can take to ensure your loved one’s safety. 

If you think your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911 to get your loved one out of harm’s way.  For nursing home abuse and neglect in Ohio, you should also report the problem the Ohio Attorney General’s Patient Abuse or Neglect system, the Ohio Department of Health, or your local Ombudsman office.  A nursing home abuse attorney can recommend other courses of action.

Other than the aforementioned “granny cams,” one option to confirm neglect or abuse is to make surprise visits. By showing up unexpectedly, the staff doesn’t have time to prepare your loved one by:

  • intimidating them into lying
  • applying cover-up to bruises
  • hiding signs of negligence
  • other forms of deception 

Another way to monitor your loved one’s care is to have a private physician with whom the facility is not affiliated give semi-regular inspections to your loved one.  

We at Jones Law Group are here to help you seek justice for your loved ones.  We will do everything in our power to make sure your loved one is in a safe, secure environment.  You can reach us by phone at (614) 545-9998.  We are located at 513 East Rich Street, Columbus, OH 43215.  We sincerely hope you won’t have to employ our services, but, rest assured, if you do, we will battle on your behalf. 

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