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FAQs: Nursing Home Abuse

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Sadly, nursing home abuse is a serious issue that pervades in every corner of the United States. If your loved one is staying in a nursing home, you likely have questions about nursing home abuse.

Keep reading to have some of your questions about nursing home abuse answered.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for bedsores to develop in a nursing home?

A bedsore can develop when the blood supply is cut off from the skin for more than two to three hours. As the skin begins to degrade, the bedsore is first a red, painful area, and then turns purple over time. If untreated, the skin can tear apart and the area can develop an infection.

Is it legal to put a camera in a nursing home room?

According to HIPAA regulations, video cameras are allowed in nursing home rooms as long as they’re owned and installed by the patient and/or their family members. However, this rule does not require nursing homes to allow patients to install cameras.

What happens if the nursing home is noncompliant with federal requirements?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and state agencies have the authority to punish nursing homes for failing to comply with federal and state regulations. The following sanctions may also be implemented:

  • Appointing temporary managers for facilities
  • Hosting training and other workshops for staff members
  • Creating directed plans of correction
  • Imposing a sliding scale of fines
  • Removing homes from Medicare and Medicaid

What can be done to prevent nursing home abuse?

When selecting a nursing home, check the ratings, reports, and violations of each facility you consider. Additionally, make sure there’s a low resident-to-staff ratio.

When your loved one is in a nursing home, one of the best things you can do is show up for them. Visit in-person as often as possible, but at least once a week. Try to call on the phone at least once a day. Take your loved one’s complaints seriously and take action when necessary.

Your Loved One Doesn’t Have to Suffer—We’re Here to Help

Our attorneys here at Obenshain Law Group are highly skilled in the area of elder abuse law and have helped many other people in situations just like yours achieve the justice they deserved. Let us see if we can help you, too. Don’t delay—contact us with your case right away.

If your loved one is being abused, our lawyers at Obenshain Law Group can help you seek the justice your family deserves. Give us a call at (540) 318-7360 or fill out an online contact form.