If you witness abuse, first call 9-1-1. It is important to prevent any further harm. Anyone can report abuse or neglect. The U.S. Administration on Aging also operates an elder abuse toll-free hotline, 1-800-677-1116. This number is available from Monday through Friday 9 AM-8 PM (except U.S. federal holidays).
It is a violation of State and Federal law for any person, including facility staff, volunteers, visitors, family members or guardians, or another resident, to neglect or abuse a nursing home or assisted living resident.
Who - The name of the victim, including age and address; the name of the facility and the people responsible for the victim’s care; the identity of the person who you believe abused or neglected the resident;
What - The nature and extent of harm and any physical signs of abuse or neglect; any previous incidents; what happened;
Where and when - The place where the incident happened and time and date of the incident.
Provide as much background information as possible. A thorough report will help the investigator to address the situation quickly. A Duncan Firm nursing home specialist can review your information to determine if legal action would be appropriate.
Make Your Report To:
Keep trying until you get the assistance you need.
After the Report:
For more information, see Questions About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect.
The Duncan Firm would like to thank the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) for contributing to the above information. NCCHNHR has several publications that may be of interest. Call 202-332-2275 for a publication list or visit their website.
To schedule a free consultation with one of Duncan Firm’s nursing home abuse lawyers, please call or email our Arkansas office today.