Steps To Take If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

When you make the tough decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home, you expect that facility to provide a standard of care. But, sometimes you may sense or see signs of mistreatment, abuse, and negligence that make you wary.

Nursing home abuse in Chicago and elsewhere may take several forms, including:

  • Verbal abuse—intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, blaming, scapegoating
  • Sexual abuse—physical contact without your loved one's consent, showing pornographic material, forcing your loved one to observe sexual acts, forced undress
  • Physical abuse—hitting, shoving, improper or wrong medication, improper use of restraints
  • Mental abuse—ignore, isolation, nonverbal threats

Any signs of nursing home injuries in Chicago should be taken seriously. Watch for signs from your loved one of elder abuse and neglect, such as:

  • Tension between him or her and the caregiver
  • Changes in behavior
  • Signs of physical injury, including bruises, scars, broken bones, dislocations, sprains
  • Torn or stained clothing
  • Broken eyeglasses
  • Signs of overmedication or undermedication
  • Weight loss
  • Rocking or mumbling
  • Bedsores
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Lack of sufficient staff
  • Lack of answers from the staff to your questions

Nursing Home Injury Law

Federal law governs how residents and patients of nursing homes are treated. Your loved one has the right to be free from abuse, whether it is verbal, sexual, physical, or mental. Throughout the state, including Chicago, nursing home negligence is addressed by the Illinois statute on aging that protects the elderly from abuse and neglect.

A nursing home must implement certain policies to protect its residents from neglect. These policies address proper training, proper supervision, and ways to identify, report, and investigate abuse. Illinois statute dictates the process for reporting abuse activity to the facility's administrator and any applicable state agencies.

If you suspect any kind of nursing home abuse, you need to report it to the facility administrator. He or she has a legal obligation to investigate your allegations.

If you have questions about what constitutes nursing home negligence in Chicago or have concerns about your loved one's facility, take the action to contact one of our attorneys at Healy Scanlon Law Firm, skilled in cases of nursing home malpractice. Seeking legal advice is the right thing to do to protect your loved one, who is unable to protect himself or herself.

We Work To Protect Your Loved Ones

Our nursing home attorneys can protect your loved one from elements that endanger his or her quality of life. To talk to meet with our legal team, call 800-787-5431 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.