Nursing home abuse

Resident on Resident Abuse: What Is A Nursing Home’s Responsibility?

Resident on Resident Abuse: What Is A Nursing Home’s Responsibility?

May 30, 2017 by James McHugh, Jr.

There are many threats your loved one can face in a nursing home. When these threats come from nursing home staff, the facility may be held liable for the damage and injuries caused by its employees. Unfortunately, residents in these facilities can also face threats from other residents, and many people are unaware of a nursing home’s responsibility in these situations.

Many people wrongfully assume individuals with criminal records are innocuous in their elder years. The reality is nursing home facilities can house very dangerous people. Nursing homes are not allow to deny residency to individuals based on their criminal records; and, while most nursing homes perform background checks on potential residents, they are not obligated to share the results with current residents. This means many elderly residents live with convicted sex offenders and felons without even knowing it.

A Nursing Home’s Responsibility

Although a nursing home doesn’t have to share a resident’s criminal background, it is still responsible for keeping residents safe from all abuse, including resident on resident abuse. Nursing homes are expected to protect residents from other abusive residents. If a nursing home grants residency to an individual with a criminal record, extra care must be taken to monitor the resident. If any abuse does occur, the nursing home facility must immediately remedy the situation and report the abuse to police.

How You Can Protect Your Loved One

When looking into a nursing home for your loved one, ask facilities if they have written protocols for handling verbal, physical, and sexual resident on resident abuse. Facilities prepared for these situations are more likely to see the warning signs and prevent injuries from happening. It is also important to maintain an open line of communication with your loved one in the facility.

Getting Justice For Your Loved One

Discovering your loved one was abused in his or her nursing home can be incredibly emotional. If your loved one has been abused in a Philadelphia nursing home or you suspect they are being abused, immediately contact Lopez McHugh LLP. Our lawyers can put a stop to the abuse and get justice for your loved one.

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