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When Is It Time to Remove a Loved One from a Nursing Home?

Published on Feb 13, 2020 at 10:20 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

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It’s hard to make the decision to place a loved one into a nursing home. Even if you want to take care of them on your own, sometimes a facility has better resources available for your loved one in their old age. But it can be an even harder decision to remove them from the nursing home if it isn’t the right fit for their needs.

When a long term care facility is no longer working for your loved one, you should get in contact with an experienced lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress in Charleston. We can help you stand up for your loved one if they have been mistreated by the nursing home who was supposed to be taking care of them. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might need to remove your loved one from a nursing home.

Even though you expect a nursing home to be the safest option for your older loved one, not all facilities will live up to your expectations. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect happen at long term care facilities all over the nation and in our state. Some reasons to take your loved one out of a nursing home are:

  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Failing inspections
  • Discomfort

If Your Loved One Is Being Abused

One sign that it’s time to remove your loved one from their nursing home is if you suspect they are being abused. When facilities are understaffed and overworked, or if workers do not respect their patients, residents could experience nursing home abuse or neglect. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 1 in 6 elders experience a form of abuse in a community care setting.

Abuse and neglect can manifest in many different ways and negatively affects your loved one’s mental and physical health. Some warning signs of nursing home abuse to look out for in your loved one are:

  • Unexplained injuries or bruises
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Poor hygiene
  • Bedsores
  • Dehydration
  • Social and emotional isolation

If you suspect abuse, your first step should be to talk to your loved one and the staff to try to figure out a solution. If the workers are unwilling to talk to you or improve their care, then you should inform the proper authorities and remove your loved one from their supervision so that you can keep them safe.

Other Reasons to Remove Your Loved One

Another reason to move your family member from a nursing home is if it’s failing its inspections, regardless of whether or not your loved one says they are getting proper care. Nursing home inspections evaluate the condition of the facility, its staff, and if they are following the standard of care for their residents. If a nursing home ranks poorly on an inspection for any reason, you should consider moving your loved one to a better facility or turning to an in-home care option.

You might think that a nursing home is the right place for your loved one to be, but if they’re uncomfortable there, then you should rethink them staying there. As they age, your family member deserves to be in a comfortable environment, so if you’re able to fulfill their medical and emotional needs, in-home care or living with family could be a better option for them than a long-term care facility.

In some cases, your loved one might be asked to leave a nursing home by the facility. If they are disruptive, the staff strikes, the home closes, or the facility can no longer cater to their medical needs, the home may remove your loved one from their community so that they can find care to better suit their needs.

Hire an Experienced West Virginia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured from abuse in their long term care facility, then you deserve compensation for your physical and emotional injuries. A skilled Charleston nursing home abuse lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can represent you through this difficult time and ensure that you get justice for the abuse that you faced.

You might feel wary about going up against a facility but filing a case will make sure that other residents will not have to endure the same hardships that you did. Reach out to us today if you believe you might have a potential nursing home abuse claim.

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