October 22, 2017

About Nursing Home Neglect

When you make the difficult decision to entrust a loved one to the professional care of a nursing home or long term care facility, you should be able to expect that the nursing home will care for and protect your loved one from abuse and neglect.  Too often, however, nursing homes choose profits over people by hiring an insufficient number of properly trained and qualified staff.  As a result, patients often suffer nursing home neglect and abuse.  These nursing home facilities can and should be held accountable.

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Understanding the signs of nursing home neglect or abuse can help family members recognize when adequate care and attention has not been given to their loved one.  Often it is only on the family members to be diligent to recognize that the care their loved one should be receiving has failed them, as many patients are unable to adequately communicate about the neglect or abuse.  Any one or more of the following could be signs of potential neglect or abuse and warrants investigation:

  • • appearance of pressure sores (also known as “bedsores”, “pressure ulcers”, and “decubitus ulcers”)
  • • skin rash
  • • urine and/or feces odor
  • • lack of attention to the resident’s personal hygiene
  • • falls as a result of inadequate precautions or assistance
  • • the presence of unjustified physical or chemical restraints
  • • bruises, contusions, or lesions
  • • bone fractures
  • • weight loss
  • • dehydration
  • • unexplained mood changes
  • • disorientation
  • • depression or isolation
  • • fear or anxiety
  • • unexplained refusal or inability to communicate
  • • indications of sexual assault
These are just examples, as neglect or abuse can take many forms — too numerous to list.  If you have any concern or suspicion, you should consider taking action.

Filing a Nursing Home Complaint With The ISDH

One option is to report the suspected neglect to the Indiana State Department of Health.  The Indiana State Department of Health is required to investigate reports of neglect or abuse.  These reports can be filed anonymously by anyone, whether related to the patient or not.  The state investigators will gather evidence bearing upon the complaint against the nursing home, often reviewing records and interviewing personnel at the facility.  If the complaint is found to be substantiated, the facility may have to submit a plan to the State explaining how they intend to correct the problem.  If you would like assistance with filing a complaint with the Indiana State Department of Health, you may call our office at 877-769-5377.  We would be glad to help, free of charge.

Filing a Civil Complaint Against the Nursing Home

Filing a complaint with the ISDH may help shed light on the facility problem and force the nursing home to promise to correct the problem; however, this step alone may not bring the accountability you seek from those responsible for the harm to your loved one.

Therefore, in addition to filing a complaint with the ISDH, you may also be able to file a civil complaint in court seeking to hold the negligent nursing home fully accountability for the neglect or abuse.   If you would like more information, the Powless Law Firm, P.C. would like to help you.

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