It is very important for the staff at a nursing home to know that the family of the resident takes is interested in the resident's well-being. Therefore, take an active role in the care-giving, visit often and make your presence known to the nursing home staff members.
Identify Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse or neglect that loved ones of residents should look for include:
Unexplained bruises or cuts
Significant weight loss or gain
If you notice any change in your loved one's condition or see any of the above signs of neglect/abuse, speak with the Director or Nursing or the Administrator of the facility. If necessary, file a formal written complaint detailing the alleged abuse or neglect. You may also consider filing a formal complaint with the NYS Department of Health. The DOH is required to investigate any such complaints. Finally, you or your loved one may have the right to pursue a claim or lawsuit against the facility so an attorney concentrating in Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse should be contacted.
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