You’ve never been in this kind of situation before, and you don’t know how to help your loved one. You don’t want to make a mistake that would make her recovery harder or worse deprive her of the fair recovery that she deserves because of the abuse or negligence she suffered in her nursing home.
You are right to search for help and to do some research before taking action. Below are six things we think that you, and your family, should be aware of if your loved one is in a nursing home. However, we encourage you to reach out to us directly if your loved one has been injured so that we can give you individualized advice before your loved one’s time to take action expires.
The Tips You Need to Know Now
Protecting your loved one from nursing home abuse, and helping with her recovery, starts even before she is hurt. You can protect her from the danger of nursing home abuse and help her recovery if she injured, as long as you…
- Know the rights of all nursing home residents. The Nursing Home Reform Act, the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, and other laws establish specific rights for nursing home residents.
- Understand the risk factors for nursing home abuse or negligence. While any nursing home resident can be hurt, residents who do not have frequent visitors or who suffer from dementia may be at increased risk for abuse and negligence injuries.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse or negligence. Physical symptoms and changes in behavior that can’t be explained by a medical doctor may be signs of abuse or negligence.
- Know what to do if you suspect abuse or negligence. The actions that you take are important. They include getting your loved one’s immediate medical care, making sure that she is in a safe living environment, and reporting the abuse or negligence and injuries appropriately.
- Know what not to do if you suspect abuse or negligence. Waiting too long to report abuse, reporting the abuse to the wrong people, and other mistakes could jeopardize your loved one’s recovery.
- Report any suspected abuse or negligence. Suspected abuse should be reported to the appropriate Illinois agencies.
Together, these tips can help keep your loved one safe.
You Don’t Have to Pursue Justice Alone If She Has Been Hurt
Your loved one has the right to work with an experienced lawyer who knows how to protect the rights of nursing home residents in Illinois and who will work hard to get your loved one the unique and fair recovery that she deserves. To learn more, please start a live chat with us anytime.