Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Attorneys | Chicago, IL
Se Habla Español
Free Initial Consultations 888-325-7299

We are essential, and so are you! Our firm is still open for business and accepting new clients. To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering new and current clients the ability to meet with us via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.

Choosing the Right Nursing Home to Reduce the Risk of Abuse or Neglect

seniors-1505944_640.jpgChoosing the right nursing home facility can help protect loved ones from elder abuse and neglect. Thoroughly interviewing caregivers and staff, as well as researching the record of the caregiver facility to determine whether there is a history of abuse and neglect is vital. The more detailed the research, the less likely the loved one will become one of the millions of elderly Americans who suffer abuse every year.

Interviews and Examinations

It is critical to meet in-person with caregivers and management. Families and responsible parties should be prepared to ask "the hard questions." This includes discussing the qualifications of the caregivers and personnel within the facility and determining whether they have the necessary skills to properly provide care to the individual. It is crucial to evaluate staffing ratios, facility certification, specialized training, treatment procedures, and staff turnover.

It is also imperative to conduct a detailed visual inspection of the facility. Common areas, medical rooms, aid stations, bedrooms, dining facilities, etc. should be clean and orderly. While touring the facility, families should pay close attention to the mood and lifestyle of residents, and how they interact with staff. These can be good indications of whether or not elder abuse may be present.  

Keeping a Connection

Whenever possible, it is advisable to choose an elder care facility that is nearby. This makes it possible to conduct regular check-in's. Monitoring the facility reduces the potential for elder abuse and it can have a significant impact on the individual's mental health and quality of life. The stronger the individual's connection to family and friends, the more likely they are to report abusive situations. When the facility is nearby, it makes it easier to respond quickly and effectively to situations that may become abusive.    

Handling Abuse

Detailed documentation should be kept when abuse is suspected. This includes logs of phone calls, copies of emails/correspondence, and any photographs or eyewitness statements that confirm the abuse whether it is physical, sexual, verbal, or financial. When abuse happens, nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers can help clients extricate the loved one from the situation and pursue compensation to recover damages for physical, financial, or emotional injuries stemming from the abuse. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Scholarship AwardWin A $1,000
Scholarship Award

Submit a 1,500 words or less topic-specific essay by July 15, 2020 via this website for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship from Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish.
Click Here for more submission details on how to win.

Get The Settlement That You Deserve Tell us about your case and we’ll get back to you with a FREE case evaluation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Schedule Your FREE Consultation
Map

Office Location

20 North Clark Street 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Toll Free: 888-325-7299
Phone: 312-445-9084
Phone: 312-445-9084
Fax: 312-782-6739
Chicago Law Office Map

Contact Us