How to Protect Your Loved One from Nursing Home Injuries

Taking care of a loved one is a difficult task. As your loved one ages and his or her specialized needs progress, they will need around the clock care that many individuals simply cannot provide. Sending your family or friends to nursing home facilities is often a difficult decision. Even after finding the nursing home that will be the perfect fit, there is much doubt over whether your loved one will be okay. While there are things that can be done to protect your loved one, caregivers often find that injuries still occur, which may be a cause for concern. Unfortunately, we cannot be there for our loved ones at all times. If an injury in a nursing home has occurred, your loved one may be entitled to relief. For a no-risk initial consultation, contact Colombo Law today.

Adequately Research Facilities

Before placing your loved one in a nursing home, you need to engage in in-depth research of prospective facilities. At a minimum, it is important to ensure the program complies with West Virginia’s rules and regulations. Other important questions relate to residents and staff. This includes:

  • Determining how many residents there are and the staff to resident ratio during each shift.
  • Determining the visitor protocols for facilities.
  • Asking questions related to incident history and injury prevention.

While time constraints may limit your ability to do research, it is important to look at multiple places to develop a list of pros and cons for each facility. This also helps build a list of qualities that are necessary.

Visit Your Loved One Frequently

Visiting with your loved one on a frequent basis is crucial when trying to protect him or her from mistreatment. Not only is it a benefit to be able to see your loved one on a daily or weekly basis, it is also necessary to be able to identify issues and potential harm. During the visit, you should speak with your loved one and ask questions to be sure that his or her wellbeing is not compromised as a result of something that is happening in the nursing home.

Take Prompt Action

When something is not right, it is important to take prompt action. Prompt action is often the key to protecting your loved one. Once issues are identified, addressing them with the facility verbally as well as in writing will help document any occurrences and can be used to take legal action, if necessary.

Contact an Attorney Today

If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home incident, contact Colombo Law today. Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance that is deserved.

by Colombo Law
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