Questions alone won’t prevent nursing home abuse or neglect. However, they are important. When you question staff about the care and well-being of your loved one, you are showing not only that you are concerned about your loved one, but that you are watching the staff carefully and will not tolerate abuse or neglect. It is important for nursing home staff to know that your loved one has people looking out for her.
Some of the Questions That You Can Ask
While you should always ask questions about anything suspicious that you notice, you should also ask general questions such as:
- How often is my loved one eating and drinking?
- How often is my loved one out of bed (if appropriate) or how often is she changing position in bed (if appropriate)?
- Has anyone expressed any concern about changes in my loved one’s mood?
It is important to ask these questions of different staff members when possible. For example, one week you might ask a nurse who works the night shift and the next week you might ask a therapist who works the day shift.
Call a Louisville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer If You Get a Bad Answer
If any of the answers give you reason to believe that your loved one may have been hurt or is in danger then it is important to take additional steps to protect her. That may include unannounced visits, discussions with a doctor, changing nursing homes, and calling an experienced Louisville nursing home abuse attorney who is committed to helping families. For more information, we invite you to call our nursing home abuse lawyers in Louisville at 800.634.8767 or 502.210.8942.