You have a gut feeling that something isn’t right and now you have a choice to make. You can ignore your instinct and risk your mother’s life or you can take action. When put that way it may be an easy decision to make. You, of course, want to know if your mother really is dehydrated or malnourished as you fear that she might be. The next decision is harder.
Now You Have to Decide What to Do About it
You want to think carefully about the steps that you take next, so that you don’t put your mother in any further danger. Accordingly, you might consider:
- Making unannounced visits. It is important to do this on different days and at different times so that you meet different staff.
- Talking to your mother’s doctor and asking the physician to talk to your mother and look for evidence of abuse.
- Reporting the suspected abuse to the nursing home, the police, or the state.
- Having different family members visit. They may witness or notice different things.
- Talking to your mother directly. She may be more willing to share information with you if she knows that you already know what is happening.
You may also take other actions as appropriate for the situation.
What If You’re Too Late
Unfortunately, you might not be able to prevent the abuse from killing your mother. If your mom, or other loved one, has died in a Louisville, Lexington, or other Kentucky nursing home then it is important to know that this is not your fault. You did not cause her death and if you could have protected her—you would have gladly done so.
Has Your Loved One Been Injured in a Nursing Home?
If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.