If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is frightening not only for victims but also for their families.  What could be more wrenching than suspecting your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home facility – or even at home – and not know what to do?

If you are in this situation, here are the first steps to getting help.

  1. Call Missouri’s Elder Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800-392-0210.  This service of the state Department of Health and Senior Services responds to reports of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of residents 60 and older, and people with disabilities between 18 and 59.  These individuals may live in the community or in long-term care facilities.
  2. Talk with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer.  Why?  Because facing nursing home corporations, home health care agencies and insurance companies is daunting, and most abuse cases involve complicated legal and medical issues.

When you report an incident, be as prepared as possible to provide the following information.  This information also will be useful to your attorney.

  • The alleged victim’s name, address, telephone number, sex, age and general condition;
  • The alleged abuser’s name, address, sex, age, relationship to victim and condition;
  • The circumstances which led you to believe that the older person is being abused, neglected or financially exploited, with as much specificity as possible;
  • Whether the alleged victim is in immediate danger, the best time to contact the alleged victim, if he or she knows of the report, and if there is any danger to the worker going out to investigate;
  • Your name, daytime telephone number, and relationship to the alleged victim;
  • The names of others with information about the situation; and
  • Any other relevant information.

Most cases reported to the hotline are investigated in 24 hours to seven days, depending on the severity of the case.   Meehan Law Firm is prepared to quickly respond to your need for help and has the experience necessary to achieve justice for you and your loved one.

Sources:

http://health.mo.gov/safety/abuse/

Elder Abuse – It Is a Crime

http://health.mo.gov/safety/abuse/pdf/FY11CryingEyeAR.pdf