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
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.