Nursing Home Elder Abuse During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak puts the elderly at significant risk, so it’s important for nursing homes to take extra hygienic steps to keep everyone safe. However, nursing home neglect can happen even in the best of times. What can you do if your loved one is experiencing neglect during the coronavirus pandemic?

At H. Lehman Franklin, P.C., we’d like to help you receive the proper representation you and your loved ones deserve during this time. We’ll show you what constitutes neglect and the options available to you during COVID-19.

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What is Nursing Home Elder Abuse?

It’s a sad reality that elders in nursing homes can at times face abuse. Elder abuse can take the form of physical abuse, mental abuse, or neglect. If an elder is not receiving regular care or if nurses are handling an elder’s medical needs improperly, that could be considered abuse.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an especially vulnerable time for elders, as older people tend to experience more severe symptoms. That’s why extreme care must be taken to ensure that elderly residents in nursing homes are properly taken care of. So, what exactly should nursing homes be doing to secure the health of your loved ones?

What Should Nursing Homes Be Doing During the COVID-19 Outbreak?

To ensure seniors stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s key for nursing homes to take steps towards minimizing exposure within their facility. This means that they should sanitize everything extensively to ensure that rooms are virus-free for everyone in the nursing home.

It’s also important for staff at nursing homes to make sure they’re using proper equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Caretakers should always wear masks and maintain proper social distancing measures when possible.

Finally, nursing staff should isolate infected elderly to limit the spread of the virus. If a nursing home isn’t taking these precautions to curb infection rates within their facility, they could be abusing their elders in residence.

Disputing Nursing Home Elder Abuse Through an Arbitration Agreement

So, what exactly can you do when you or a loved one is experiencing abuse in a nursing home during COVID-19? In many cases, the nursing home may have you sign an arbitration agreement during the move-in process. This means that if you have any disputes with the nursing home, they must be settled privately.

Not all nursing homes will ask you to sign an arbitration agreement. Under Georgia law, you are not obligated to accept an arbitration agreement for you or a loved one to move into a nursing home. If you’ve signed an arbitration agreement, though, our lawyers can help you through the dispute to ensure you or your loved one receives proper restitution.

Let Us Review Your Nursing Home Abuse Case Today

Dealing with nursing home elder abuse can be extremely difficult even without the risks of a pandemic. However, during COVID-19, elderly loved ones are more at risk, making it even more important to get help when you or an elder you know is being neglected.

Luckily, you have our lawyers at H. Lehman Franklin, P.C., to help you through the entire process. If you’re looking for representation on your nursing home elder abuse case, just schedule a free consultation with us today!