Nursing homes should be places where people can receive quality care and support when they are unable to care for themselves. If you make the decision to move your loved one to a nursing home, you probably put hours of research into different Mississippi facilities and discussed different options with other family members. It's not an easy choice to make on behalf of another person, even if she or he needs care.
While most long-term care facilities are clean, well-run and safe places for residents, there are some that provide care that falls below acceptable standards. There are times when this goes beyond just poor care and becomes a form of abuse or neglect. If you think your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse, your family can fight back on his or her behalf.
What happens next?
Perhaps you noticed bruising on your loved one's arms, or maybe your family member lost a lot of weight since coming to live in the nursing home. These could be signs of poor care, but so could things like depression, changes in temperament, lost personal items, missing or unused medication and more. When there is a problem, you have the right to speak up and get to the bottom of what is going one. One of the following things may happen:
- There may be an investigation by adult protective services into the practices of the nursing home.
- You may discover evidence that makes it clear that a civil claim against the nursing home is an appropriate course of action.
- The nursing home or a specific person may face prosecution over what happened to your loved one.
In order to have a valid civil claim against a nursing home, you will have to prove that the facility, its directors, the owners or staff were negligent in hiring practices, maintenance of equipment, supervision of patients or maintenance of the facility.
Speaking for those who can't speak for themselves
You have the right to speak up for your loved one when he or she is experiencing any type of abuse or negligence at the hands of the people who are supposed to be providing care. It may be helpful for your family to speak with an attorney about your concerns before moving forward with an investigation or any type of legal action. If you have grounds for a claim, it may allow your family to recoup financial losses and secure appropriate damages on behalf of the victim.