Williamson County Nursing Homes
Preventing Nursing Home Abuse in Franklin, TN
Nursing homes in Franklin, Tennessee and across the state are supposed to have policies in place and training to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect. Whether you are choosing a nursing home for your loved one or visiting your loved one already living in a home, you should ask how many staff are available to help residents who may have problems getting around. If there are not enough staff or if they are not properly trained, residents may fall and become injured. This can lead to serious medical problems. You should ask the staff about safety measures they have in place such as bed rails and other equipment. If bed rails are used, the staff has a responsibility to make sure the residents do not get stuck in between the rails and the mattress as this can cause serious injuries.
You can also help prevent nursing home abuse or neglect by visiting your loved one frequently and noticing any signs of abuse or neglect such as:
• bed or pressure sores
• dehydration of your loved one
• weight loss of your loved one
• emotional changes in your loved one
• if the staff seems less friendly or helpful than usual
• floors being wet
• rooms not being well lit
• clothes being dirty or soiled
• equipment being improperly used or not in working order
• your loved one not getting enough to eat
• medications not being given at the proper times or too much medication being given
• a decrease in social interaction between your loved one and other residents
If you notice any of these or other signs of abuse or neglect, you should speak to the nursing home right away. If they fail to properly address the issue, you can speak to someone at the Tennessee Department of Health about your concerns so that they can investigate the issue. You should also contact a caring and experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer with the Higgins Firm. We understand that this may be difficult for you and we will make the process as easy on you as we can. We will answer any questions you may have and help you to get the compensation you are entitled to by law for the abuse and neglect that your loved one has suffered and make sure the nursing home pays for their actions.
You can contact us online or by calling 800.705.2121 to discuss your case and your legal options.