At Watkins, Lourie, Rolle & Chance, PC, our Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyers have decades of experience helping the families of abused and neglected loved ones.
However, we understand that legal action is a necessary response to a tragedy. It's not what anyone wants to happen. Doctors like to say that prevention is the best medicine, and that's also the case when it comes to nursing home abuse.
This page provides some useful information on steps you can take to protect your loved ones when they reside in a nursing home facility.
If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area and you want to speak to our nursing home abuse lawyers, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today at 404-662-3552 for a free consultation.
Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe
The idea of “preventing” nursing home abuse might sound unrealistic. After all, if a facility employee is intent on abusing residents, how can that be prevented?
The reality is that negligence is as much a problem as outright abuse. And negligence can be headed off through vigilance and a few simple steps.
- Researching potential facilities. The state of Georgia maintains an online database of all documented nursing homes here. This database contains a listing of all reports generated during inspections of these facilities. By searching these reports, you can get a sense of the quality of the facility. Online reviews are also useful for discovering the patient's view of a facility.
- Visit your loved one regularly. Nursing home residents can be made to feel alienated and disconnected from their family, which makes them more vulnerable to physical, financial and emotional abuse. Frequent visits forge a connection. Perhaps more importantly, they allow you to keep an eye on your loved one and spot any signs of abuse.
- Get to know the residents and administrators of the facility. Make yourself known. Acquaint yourself with other residents, especially your loved one's friends. Other residents are often more willing to disclose abuse and negligence than the victim himself.
Of course, you can take every precaution and still find yourself with an abused or neglected loved one. Sometimes, even the most assiduous preparation will not protect your loved one.
This isn't your fault. And it's not your loved one's fault. Negligence is never acceptable. Our Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyers understand this, and we believe passionately in fighting as hard as possible for the victims of abuse.
If you're an Atlanta, Georgia resident and your loved one has been hurt by abuse or negligence, you should speak with our nursing home abuse lawyers immediately. Please contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today for a free consultation.