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Who is a mandatory reporter of nursing home abuse in Iowa?

Iowa law requires nursing home staff members to report suspected cases of abuse or neglectSections 235B.3(2) and 235E.2 of the Iowa Code require that people who examine, attend, counsel, or treat a dependent adult in the course of their employment and who reasonably believe the dependent adult has suffered abuse to report that abuse to the state.

Who Does This Include?

The general definition of mandatory reporters of dependent adult abuse includes:

  • Nursing home staff.
  • Outreach professionals.
  • Health practitioners.
  • Social workers.
  • Psychologists.

It may also include others who based on their job meet the state definition of a mandatory reporter.

Others May Also Report Abuse

You don’t have to be a mandatory reporter to report abuse in Iowa. Other people may also make such reports even if the law does not specifically require them to do so. These reports are just as important and may result in an investigation and help for the dependent adult who is being hurt.

Dependent adults who are being abused may benefit from more than a report to the state. While the state report is very important, it may not result in the compensation that your loved one deserves for the injuries that she has suffered due to nursing home abuse or neglect.

If your parent or loved one is being abused or neglected in an Iowa nursing home, then you need help immediately. You need to know how to protect your loved one from further harm and how to get your loved one compensation for the harm that has already been suffered. For more information about how to do this, we invite you to call us anytime at 1-800-800-5678.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham