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Protect your loved one in a nursing home: Know your rights

Nursing home abuse takes place across the United States. Sadly, people often don't know that their loved ones are being hurt or are being taken advantage of until it's too late to do anything about it.

The good news for families of those who have been injured, lost their lives or been taken advantage of is that there are legal remedies available. There is no reason to allow a nursing home to get away with a lower standard of care than is legally acceptable.

What should you do if you worry that your loved one is in danger in a nursing home?

If you do have an idea that your loved one's life is threatened in a nursing home, the best thing you can do is speak with the nursing home director, your attorney and a facility to where you could potentially transfer your loved one. You want to guarantee that someone is being informed of your concerns, that you have a legal plan ready and that there is another facility that can take on your loved one's care as soon as possible. Transfer them to the other facility if possible, so you can feel more confident in their care.

You could also make yourself known in the nursing home so that the aides and nurses are familiar with you. By becoming more familiar with you as a family member of the resident, others are less likely to make mistakes or to commit crimes. Why? They know that you're watching.

If your loved one is hurt or killed, the law is on your side. Reach out, so you can hold the facility responsible.

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