As your loved ones age, it sometimes becomes necessary to place them in the care of others. When this difficult decision is made, you trust that the hands you are placing them into are capable, caring, and experienced. In all too many instances this is sadly not the case. Nursing homes operated for profit by large companies, hiring insufficiently trained, and often dangerous employees, are becoming the norm, placing your loved one at risk of nursing home neglect.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
Discovering and reporting the neglect of a loved one is your responsibility. Some indications of neglect are:
- Rashes or bed sores
- Behavioral changes
- Poor hygiene
In many cases, criminal charges can be brought against the home and its employees, but you and your loved ones have a right to seek compensation for their suffering. The nursing home neglect attorneys at Long & Long are experienced in getting you the compensation you and your family deserve.
Finding a Safe Nursing Home
Finding a safe nursing home from the start is always optimal. If you were betrayed by a home you trusted however, here are some ways to help avoiding such an unfortunate situation in the future:
- Find an accredited nursing home
- Research the nursing home’s ratings based on Medicare audits
- Talk to other families who have trusted their loved ones to the nursing home
- Make frequent, unannounced visits
You want your loved one to be safe and well cared for in your absence. These small steps can help ensure that the abuse they have suffered in other homes will not be repeated.
If you have a loved one who has suffered from nursing home abuse in Mobile, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, or Baldwin County, Alabama, please contact the experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Long & Long today to ensure you and your loved one get the justice you deserve.