The later years of an elderly person’s life are a time when they deserve nothing less than kind and quality care.

When you entrust the care of an elderly loved one to a nursing home or hospice, you expect nothing but quality and respectful treatment. But sometimes our elderly loved ones can face abuse and neglect by caretakers.

When your loved one is in a nursing home, it is the nursing home's responsibility to care for all of their needs. This means that the nursing home is in charge of everything from your loved one's medicine to their diet and their overall quality of life.

They Have Protected Rights

The federal government passed legislation that protects the rights of nursing home residents. This legislation, usually called the Nursing Home Residents Bill of Rights, includes provisions to protect your loved ones from abuse and neglect. These rights include:

  • The right to freedom from abuse, mistreatment, and neglect

  • The right to freedom from physical restraints

  • The right to privacy

  • The right to accommodation of medical, physical, psychological and social needs

  • The right to participate in resident and family groups

  • The right to be treated with dignity

  • The right to exercise self-determination

  • The right to communicate freely

  • The right to participate in the review of one's care plan and to be fully informed in advance about any changes in care, treatment or status in the facility

  • The right to voice grievances without discrimination or reprisal

There are certain exceptions depending on the physical and mental status of the resident, but these rights are generally available to all residents.

Nursing home abuse often happens in the following ways:

Neglect that results in bed sores or other injuries

Fractured bones from abuse or from a fall that occurred due to neglect

Physical abuse

Emotional abuse

Sexual abuse


Medication errors

Lack of medication

Your loved ones deserve to be taken care of with compassion, dignity, and respect. If you feel your loved one has been neglected or abused, please contact Help in Colorado so we may help give you a piece of mind.