What should you expect after you report suspected abuse to Adult Protective Services and your state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman? If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, both you and your loved one may be dealing with an entirely new and frightening experience.
Like many victims of abuse, they may feel that they are somehow responsible for the abuse or are embarrassed and ashamed. Being so physically vulnerable when their mind may still be sharp can be as foreign to your loved one as the experience of being a victim. Someone who was once a capable person now finds their mind contained in a body of such deteriorating condition that they need help with even the most fundamental of personal tasks.
The elderly who experience abuse must understand that, as victims, they are not to blame and they are never a nuisance. They may become withdrawn and more depressed than usual. It may be beneficial to surround them with loved ones and make sure they have someone to talk to. Remember that your elderly loved one can turn down any support the APS offers. Once you have appropriately notified the APS of the alleged abuse, if it is determined to potentially be abuse in violation of South Carolina elder laws, an investigation will usually commence immediately.
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, or the APS has determined South Carolina elder laws have indeed been violated, you may benefit from a local attorney who is well-versed in negligence and nursing home abuse cases and who can help you seek out remuneration for your loved one.