What To Do When A Senior Suffers From Neglect At A Nursing Home

Some of the most vulnerable people in our society happen to be preyed upon by those who could not care less about their feelings or their well-being. These vulnerable members of our society happen to be the senior and elderly population who rely on many of us to keep them protected and healthy because they no longer can do everything themselves.

what to do with nursing home neglect

Placing seniors in nursing homes has been a practice for many decades, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that people began to learn that many seniors in homes were victims of abuse or neglect. These places meant to take care of them and provide them with the support and care they needed were failing them. If you want to know what to do if a senior you know is suffering from neglect in a senior home, read this.

Move the Senior to a New Facility or Home

The first thing that may be considered is simply removing the senior from the care of this home. The hardest thing is to pinpoint who or what is the cause of the neglect, so it may be in the best interest of you or the family to get them out of the situation entirely and place them somewhere that will give them the help they need. The best thing to do is to read reviews from current or former residents and their families, as well as talk to people at this new facility to get a good idea of how the facility is functioning. You want to vet the staff well before you consider putting them in a new home.

Discuss Legal Action

If the neglect has been continuous and incredibly damaging to the senior in question, it may be time to take legal action as well. Legal action against these types of issues is not uncommon, and it may even classify as personal injury. According to, personal injury cases are quite broad in many instances, so the neglect could have resulted in bodily harm to the senior. This would certainly help qualify the case of neglect as personal injury. The damage done emotionally may be hard to rectify, but being able to recoup losses on money spent lodging the senior at this home and any medical expenses can be achieved by pursuing legal action against the staff or the home, or the company as a whole.

Talk to the Caretakers

Before you decide to take legal action, it might be wise to discuss with the caretaker(s) one-on-one for discretionary purposes. Taking legal action may be wise, but you don’t want to go in blind, so before that, it is good to see how the staff is handling the situation. It may be one caretaker that is the result of the negligence, or it may be a staff-wide issue, but you want to be sure you are making the right call and being judicious about the whole affair. Talk to them and see what their stance is and gather as much information as you can, and at the same time decide if it would be a good idea to remove the senior during or before this process begins.

Talk to the Nursing Home Administrators

It also may be an issue of negligence from the top down that results in poor performance and handling of care throughout the entire facility. The facilitators of this care may be the inadequate leadership brought on by administrators and other higher-ranking staff, which permeates down the ranks. In this instance, make your intentions aware to them and inform them that you are not going to accept this kind of behavior and improper care, especially towards a loved one. It is a good idea that before talking to the administrators that the senior is not living in the home at this point to avoid conflict, and similarly, it is good that you have legal representatives help you with discussing anything that may impact your case.

Raise Public Awareness

The last step you may pursue is to raise public awareness on this issue. You may even find out that others are experiencing the same problems as you and would like to help raise awareness as well. Any kind of support can help legitimize the issue and make your case much easier to handle. Raising support and awareness is a good step to pursue.

Elderly neglect and abuse are rampant in many nursing homes across the country and beyond, so it is important that those responsible are held responsible. That is why you should use this advice to help get the justice they need.

Susan Harris

By Susan Harris

Susan Harris is the owner of Rooted Mama Health. She is the mother to two amazing children and wife of a loving husband. She strives to provide the world with all the information they need to live a happy and health lifestyle.