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I Think My Elderly Mother is Being Abused. What Should I Do?

The Law & You
June 7, 2018

The Law and You

I Think My Elderly Mother is Being Abused. What Should I Do?

A viewer has found bruising on his mother’s arms. He thinks the nursing home staff is abusing her. What can he do? Nursing home abuse lawyers Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain what to do next.

Dave Kuharchik: We’ve got a scenario tonight involving a situation at a nursing home. From the virtual law center as always is “The Law & You” featuring attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli.

Ed Ciarimboli: That just rolls off your tongue. Virtual law center. It’s pretty cool.

Dave: Yeah, we did this all for you guys. We want you to be happy and comfortable…

Ed: We are very comfortable.

Dave: …To answer another legal question. All right, another interesting one from our viewers. Paul from Old Forge says, “My elderly mother lives in a nursing home. I noticed bruising on her arms the other day. I think that she might be abused.” What should Paul do about this?

Ed: So Paul, if you think that your mom is being abused in a nursing home, there’s really two things you need to do immediately. One, notify the local authorities because abuse on the elderly in a nursing home is a crime. And secondly, notify the Department of Health immediately so an investigation is done at that particular facility. And then finally, take photographs. Document, document, document. Because that’s going to be the most important thing to show in this particular situation.

Greg Fellerman: I think sometimes in these situations too, people forget that there’s abuse going that they can also notify the local law enforcement, that there’s potential abuse going on. So don’t take that out of the mix too and there’s a lot of remedies. Call the state agencies, make all your reports. But, at the end of the day too, if it’s physical abuse that is a crime. And it can be prosecuted. And in elderly, and in children, they need the most protection, don’t forget that avenue too.

Ed: Be proactive. We see it so often, especially in nursing home situations that people are reluctant to come forward because they’re afraid their loved ones are going to get less care. Be proactive, stand up for their rights.

Dave: And I know you guys can certainly help anyone out in these scenarios. The number, the website are on your screen and don’t forget results matter. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli, thanks so much guys.

Greg: Thanks.

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