Moving a loved one into a nursing home is a difficult decision. If you have a demanding work schedule or live too far away to visit regularly, you may be especially concerned about whether your relative's needs are being met. You might also be worried they could become a victim of nursing home abuse.
Sadly, these concerns aren't unfounded. Studies show nursing home residents who don't get visitors are more likely to suffer abuse or neglect, as staff members may assume that no one will notice—or challenge—their poor conduct, and seniors
may be too isolated or frightened to report their mistreatment.
Fortunately, you don't have to be physically present to be an outstanding advocate for your loved one's care. When you can't visit, consider:
- Scheduling regular phone calls or video chats with your loved one
- Developing a friendly rapport with staff members, and calling regularly to check-in and discuss your relative's care
- Requesting a clergy member visit with your loved one
- Asking members of your relative's church or social groups to stop by
- Arranging for other relatives to drop by periodically for unannounced visits
Though it can be difficult to spot signs of nursing home abuse or neglect from afar, friends and family members nearby can serve as your eyes and ears on the ground, and report back if they observe anything suspicious or concerning.
If your relative was a victim of abuse or neglect at their Georgia nursing home, the skilled attorneys with Van Sant Law can help you hold the negligent staff member and facility accountable.
Do You Suspect Your Loved One Is Being Subjected to Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing homes have a responsibility to provide residents with an appropriate standard of care in a safe environment. When failure to uphold this duty results in injuries, abuse, or neglect, these egregious actions of caregivers and facilities can make them liable for damages.
If you believe your loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, you should speak with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 855.GA.INJURY or 404.991.5950 to schedule your free consultation.