How Do I Report Nursing Home Abuse in California?

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How Do I Report Nursing Home Abuse in California?

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As people grow older, they often require more constant and specialized care their family may be unable to provide. As such, they may make the difficult decision to place their loved one in the care of a nursing home. These facilities can help ensure the health and well-being of older adults with around-the-clock care. However, when you discover the staff you trusted with your loved one is abusing them, it can be devastating. The following blog explores nursing home abuse in more detail, including the signs and how to file a report. Additionally, you’ll learn why it’s in your best interest to connect with a Sacramento nursing home negligence lawyer who can help you fight for justice.

What Is Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing home abuse is any kind of abuse that residents and patients at a care facility may endure. In many instances, the abuse comes as a result of understaffing. Caretakers may be forced to care for more patients than they can handle, resulting in neglect and exhaustion, which can turn into anger. Additionally, if a home does not conduct background checks on applicants, unqualified and dangerous individuals can be hired to look after some of the most vulnerable members of society.

Common forms of abuse your loved one may be subject to include:

  • Physical attacks (hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, shaking)
  • Withholding medication
  • Failure to give medical attention
  • Failing to turn patients, leading to bedsores
  • Sexual abuse
  • Forcing residents to turn over banking information

What Are the Signs I Should Look For?

Like many victims of abuse, those harmed in nursing homes may be afraid to speak out against the treatment they endure for fear of not being believed or retaliation. As such, your loved one may not tell you they are a victim, making it imperative to familiarize yourself with the signs of abuse.

Generally, if you notice unexplained injuries, a drastic change in mood, poor hygiene, or if your loved one seems fearful of certain staff members, these are all signs they may be a victim of abuse.

How Do I File a Report if I Suspect Abuse?

If you have reason to believe that your loved one is being abused, you’ll need to connect with the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, your local police department, and the California Department of Social Services to report the abuse. If they are in immediate danger, you should call 911 first.

One of the most important things you must do, however, is contact an experienced attorney. At the Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, we understand how complex these matters can be. That’s why our team will do everything possible to assist you during these challenging times. We will help you fight for the damages your loved one deserves for the abuse they’ve endured. Connect with us today to learn how we can fight for justice during these matters.