Admitting a loved one into a nursing home can be a difficult choice to
make. You want to be sure that your elderly loved one will be cared for
and looked after. Deaths in nursing homes can sometimes be a result of
neglect and abuse inflicted onto the patient. In these situations the
families and loved ones of victims can file
wrongful death lawsuits against the nursing home. Immediate family members of the deceased,
spouses, and distant family members are all able to file
wrongful death lawsuits. The neglect and abuse that takes place in nursing homes sometimes
goes unnoticed before it is too late. Physical signs of abuse are easier
to notice, however verbal abuse is harder to catch.
Placing your loved one into a home does not always have to leave you feeling
helpless. There are preventive measures you can take to protect your elderly
1. Conduct research
Before you admit your father, mother, or spouse into a home weigh your
options. Consider a couple homes and select the one that would respond
best to your current situation. Take into consideration the distance,
amenities available, and of course cost. If possible conduct a couple
google searches for lawsuits filed against the home in the past. Also
look into comments that people have made about the home in previous years.
Sometimes this information does not exist or is extremely difficult to
find. However, if you are able to find this information carefully weigh
this into your decision. Disgruntled individuals who have had negative
experiences with certain nursing homes may have valid reasons for their
2. Look out for signs
When placing your loved one into a home be sure to consider their opinions
and recommendations. After you have already admitted them and made a few
visits be sure to ask them how they are adjusting. Ask if they are enjoying
their time there and if it is an arrangement they are willing to continue.
If they are unable to verbally communicate this to you look out for signs
of abuse or neglect. If possible carefully and conspicuously check for
recent bruising or marks. Survey the state of their living quarters, if
there seems to be anything lacking or unkept then voice your concerns
to staff. Follow through on the things you requested and adjustments you
advised. Unfortunately, sometimes requests in nursing homes made the the
families fall upon deaf ears. Advocate for your loved one if they are
unable to do this for themselves.
3. Take Action
If you feel that your loved one is being abused or neglected in their home.
Bedsores, bruising, cuts, falls, and malnutrition can all be forms of
abuse. Take immediate action, ignoring the signs can end in a wrongful
death. The first thing to do is to remove your loved one from the nursing
home. Then document any injuries inflicted by taking pictures, after that
hire legal counsel. Sometimes you may discover the abuse before it is
too late, if this is the case you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you believe you have a wrongful death case
contact us at Kyle Law for a free consultation.