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Reporting neglect or abuse in a nursing home

New York residents have to make a lot of difficult decisions throughout the course of their lives. One of the bigger decisions that many have to face is whether or not to move a loved one into a nursing home. Of course, this decision is often made with the utmost care. Loved ones will often painstakingly research the options available to them and pursue what they see as the best one. However, sadly, there is no reliable way to ensure that a nursing home facility does not mistreat a loved one. Nursing home abuse is a sad reality that some families will have to face.

Of course, it is very much against the law to engage in elder abuse. Nursing home residents have rights that protect them. If nursing home abuse does occur, it should be reported. But first, it can be helpful to gather the facts. Providing basic information can aid investigators with their investigation.

This can include a list of locations and a timeline of the events. It can also include statements from the victim or any witnesses, such as staff or other residents. The victim's financial information, as well as statements from nursing home supervisors and the victim's medical providers, can also prove helpful.

Oftentimes, evidence can take the form of emails or letters with staff or medical providers. If the conversations occur in person, it is possible to send an email after a conversation to confirm what was spoken of verbally. All of this may be later used if a criminal case is later pursued. Although pursuing legal action can never undo the harm that was done, it may help victims and their families obtain the compensation they need.

Source: FindLaw, "Nursing Home Complaints: How to Report Abuse or Neglect," Accessed on May 23, 2017

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