What Records Should I Look at if I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

Nursing homes and long-term care facilities have a responsibility to care for every aspect of their residents’ lives. This includes making sure that they are observed on a regular basis, that their personal care and hygiene needs are met, that they receive proper amounts of medication in a timely manner, and that they are fed appropriately on a regular basis.

Furthermore, caregivers normally are required to meticulously document all of the services that they provide over the course of their shifts. In fact, federal law mandates that certain types of records be kept in these facilities. For example, a resident must have an initial assessment within 7-14 days of admission, as well as assessments not only on an annual basis, but also after any significant mental or physical change in the resident. Similarly, accurate feeding and medication records are essential to prevent dangerous drug interactions and adverse reactions to drugs by residents.

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected while a resident of this type of facility, you should ask to look at the daily charts that should exist for each resident. From taking a close look at these charts, you may be able to gather evidence of any caregiver abuse or neglect that is occurring. For instance, hastily completed records that appear consistently incomplete may indicate a pattern of neglect on the part of certain staff members. Likewise, charts that are too consistent, or almost identical on a daily basis, may indicate falsification of records in order to cover up neglect or abuse. When a resident is supposed to be undergoing a certain kind of therapy, an absence of documentation as to therapy sessions may indicate neglect, as well.

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