It is difficult to trust the care of long-term facilities for your loved ones under normal circumstances, let alone under a worldwide pandemic, putting us all in quarantine.
You may be filled with concern for your loved ones if you are not able to check on them in person or even a call or video chat. There must be many questions and a sense of helplessness is certain.
Carr and Carr Attorneys in Oklahoma have helped many family members facing questions about the care their loved ones received in a nursing home or similar care facility.
If you are concerned with the care or lack of care provided for someone you love, please call our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys today for a free consultation, 888-241-3130.
Being concerned can be especially hard if you live far away and are not able to monitor local reports. Luckily in today’s world, most of the news will report via social media and websites.
Monitor these news outlets in the area where your loved one is residing. This will also allow you to better understand the local orders for restrictions and when you will be able to visit your family member again.
Many have seen the images across news stations and social media of loved ones staring at their family members through glass windows and doors of their facilities.
As the death rate increases and the outside world lifts restrictions, we can only assume these images will become the new norm for those visiting long term care facilities. This might be the time to invest in additional technologies to keep in touch from afar.
There are many different systems in our world today that will allow you to video conference, call and a lot of time your elder family member will not need to set up any technology, but will only need to receive and answer the call.
Questions For the Facility
In many cases, your family member may not be able to communicate with you issues happening in the facility or with their care. In these cases, you can ask their caregiver specific questions and better understand the kind of care they are receiving.
- Infection rate and history
- Policies for staff and visitors
- Steps once positive COVID tests are observed
- Steps to transfer to hospitals
- Staffs access and use of PPE
- New infectious disease control policies implemented
- Next steps if the spread continues
Always, but especially now with the inability to visit and speak often with loved ones in long-term facilities, we must be advocates for our family. If you believe your family member is being neglected or abused, confronting possible nursing home abuse can be traumatic for victims and family members alike.
But nursing homes that cause or allow injuries to occur may be held liable for their negligence; consulting with a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer can put your mind at ease and protect your loved one’s rights.
If you believe the facility is neglecting precautionary steps to reduce the spread of COVID, we can help.
A lawyer with experience in nursing home litigation can help determine ways to hold the facility accountable and implement change if its failures, abuse, or neglect caused your loved one to suffer injury or death.
Our nursing home abuse lawyers understand how to work with legal authorities and nursing homes to secure the safety of residents, pursue a thorough investigation, and guide families through the legal process to a fair resolution.
If you believe a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact us online or call 888-241-3130 for your free consultation. With offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Springdale, AR, our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys are ready to help you take action.