If you have witnessed nursing home abuse or neglect or if you have good reason to suspect it has happened, you can make a big difference…
Do the right thing and report it.
Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable people in our society, and it is our collective duty to ensure their safety, dignity, and quality of life.
In a 2012 study of nursing homes, nearly 25% of respondents reported at least one incident of physical abuse by nursing home staff.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take various forms, including:
- Physical abuse. This refers to the use of force or violence against a nursing home resident, including slapping, pinching, kicking, pushing, and burning, among others. Some of the symptoms of physical abuse incidents can be hard to distinguish from accidents.
- Emotional/Psychological Abuse. This refers to ways that people can inflict mental pain, anxiety, or humiliation on a resident. This can be through verbal abuse, such as threats, insults, or lies. It can also take other forms, such as forced isolation.
- Neglect. This is the failure to meet the basic needs of the resident. Symptoms include bedsores, long periods with feces or urine, poor hygiene, loss of weight (malnutrition) or dehydration.
- Sexual abuse. Forced, unwanted, or nonconsensual sexual interaction or touching of any kind constitutes abuse. It can also include sexual harassment.
- Financial Abuse. When someone takes advantage of a resident to obtain their money, assets, property, or anything of value, it can be financial abuse. Often, the elderly are manipulated into signing financial documents without being of sound mind.
How to take action:
Here are a few of the most important resources you can use:
- Contact a law firm specializing in cases of nursing home abuse and neglect.
When a person suspects nursing home abuse or neglect, it can be difficult to get straight answers from the nursing home. A law firm specializing in nursing home negligence can help you get to the truth and get justice for you or your loved one. For the bad nursing homes in our country, the fear of a lawsuit is the only deterrent to abuse and neglect.
Call 410-213-3541 or use this online form.
When reporting nursing home abuse or neglect, be sure to include:
- The name of the facility,
- The city and state where the nursing home or long-term care facility is located
- The name of the victim
- Your name & your relationship to the victim
- The best phone number or email where you can be reached for details
- A brief description of the abuse.
Get in touch with a Personal Injury lawyer serving Annapolis, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
Here are some other resources…
- Contact the Eldercare Locator. The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. You can also reach us at 1-800-677-1116.
- File a Complaint with the Maryland Board of Physicians
The Maryland Board of Physicians is a state agency with the authority to license physicians and other health care providers and to discipline licensees who violate the Maryland Medical Practice Act.
To file a complaint, you can click here.
Or to reach out directly, here is their contact info:
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: 800.492.6836 or 410.764.4777
- Search by Physician for License Information & Disciplinary Action
The Maryland Board of Physicians has a search engine where you can look up a particular health care professional (doctors, physician assistants, therapists, technologists, practitioners, trainers, etc.) by name to check on their license or to conduct research for previous medical malpractice complaints on the public record. The absence of a complaint does not necessarily mean that the professional in question has had no complaints. For health care providers in Washington DC, click here.
- Search by Nurse for License Information & Disciplinary Action
You can also search for information on a professional licenses and disciplinary action for nurses in Maryland by clicking on this link.
- File a Complaint with the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality
The OHCQ investigates complaints against hospitals. Contact the OHCQ at 1-877-402-8219 to file a complaint. Or you can go to their forms page and download the paperwork to make a complaint.
- Compare and Research Hospitals with Medicare Compare
Look up hospitals and compare them to one another with this government website.
- Contact your local ombudsman
If you have a complaint against a nursing home, the Maryland Ombudsman Program is a valuable advocate for issues pertaining to long-term care (LTC) facilities, including nursing homes, board/care homes, and assisted-living facilities. The service is free. An ombudsman is a civil servant, who is trained to resolve problems related to the health, safety, welfare, and rights of individuals who live in LTC facilities. The services provided by the ombudsman are free and confidential. An ombudsman will help to investigate and resolve any LTC issue with the help of the resident or on their behalf. For a Maryland ombudsman in your county click here.
- File a complaint with the nursing home administrator
Call the nursing home and ask to speak with the administrator, and let them know you are filing a formal grievance. Nursing homes are required to have a procedure for handling complaints. The nursing home must respond to your complaint within 30 days.
- For Information on Nursing Home Rights, visit the Consumer Voice
The Consumer Voice helps consumers in issues related to long-term care (e.g., nursing homes) and gives them critical information and tools so they can advocate for themselves.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a Personal Injury lawyer serving Annapolis.