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How to Report Suspected Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing homes have an obligation to care for and protect their residents, especially because they deal with elderly patients. Seniors are more vulnerable than other demographics. However, because of this frailty, others can take advantage and abuse their powers. Nursing home abuse can be difficult to detect and harder to prove. Sometimes, individuals can only visit their every so often because of other responsibilities. This can cause signs of nursing home abuse to go unnoticed. However, if you think nursing home staff mistreat your elderly loved one, there are steps you can take to report it.

Who to Call/Contact

If you suspect abuse in the nursing home facility your loved resides in, you need to report it. There are Adult Protective Services (APS) in every state. To obtain contact information for the APS in your state, visit:

If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, contact 911.

What to Expect

When initially calling a protective service, you will be asked to state your reason for calling, the name and contact information of your loved one you suspect is being abused, and the contact information of the nursing home. You will then be asked to articulate your suspicions and reasons for concerns.

You may be asked the following questions:

  • Did you see the abusive behavior yourself?
  • Does the person in question have family or a support system?
  • Does the person in question have any medical ailments?
  • What is your relationship to the person?

In some cases, you may also be asked to provide your name and contact information. Most states respect the desire for anonymity if that is the case.

After Reporting Suspected Abuse

If the APS believes your suspicions have validity, they will send a caseworker to investigate the situation. Upon finding broken laws, they will respond appropriately and report it to the proper authorities. If you believe the abuse persists, you may want to make other living arrangements for your loved one, while the investigation carries on.

Do you suspect nursing home abuse? Contact our elder abuse attorneys today! We serve clients nationwide seek the justice they deserve.