How to Report Nursing Home Abuse in Connecticut
Nursing home abuse is a serious problem, with countless residents every year throughout the United States and Connecticut suffering harm as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect. If you suspect or know that abuse is happening, whether to a loved one of yours or another elderly patient, it is important that you take action to report the abuse immediately. If you believe that the abuse is life-threatening or puts the patient at risk of imminent bodily harm, you should contact the police. Otherwise, here’s how to report nursing home abuse in Connecticut.If you are interested in having us evaluate if the nursing home resident is entitled to damages (money) as compensation for the abuse, call us before filing a complaint with the state or with the ombudsman. We can help you craft the language to avoid jeopardizing the claim for damages.
Filing a Complaint
There are different avenues available for filing a complaint about a healthcare facility or a healthcare practitioner in Connecticut. If you are filing a complaint about a healthcare facility such as a nursing home, you should address the complaint to the Facility Licensing and Investigations Section of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. You can do this by phone at 860-509-7400. There is also a toll free number that you can call, which exists specifically to receive complaints about home health services. It is 800-828-9769. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may want to consider giving us a call first, as we can help you to maneuver these obstacles without jeopardizing your claim.
Contacting the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program in CT
Another option is to contact the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program in Connecticut. This program protects and promotes the rights of residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities throughout the state. You can call the office toll free at 1-866-388-1888, contact the central office at 860-424-5200, or send an email at email@example.com. Consider giving us a call first so that we can advise you on the best route.
Reporting Nursing Home Abuse and Other Problems
If you believe that a nursing home resident is being abused or that other problems are occurring within the nursing home, such as neglect, you have a responsibility to take action. Medicare.gov recommends that your first step should be talking with nursing home staff. If the problem persists, you can talk with the nursing home supervisor or administrator.
If the problem continues or if abuse is serious, more aggressive action may be necessary. In addition to the organizations already mentioned, the Connecticut State Department on Aging may also be able to help.
If you are getting ready to report abuse, it will be important that you provide as many details about the abuse as possible. You should keep thorough documentation of all signs of abuse. Remember to take notes about conversations you have had with nursing home staff and administrators about potential abuse. Have all of this information together, and call us so that we can put you on the right track.
Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorney for More Information
Reporting abuse is an important part of protecting the elderly within our state. If your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, our attorneys can help you in reporting the abuse to the appropriate agency, and making sure that the abusive party is held liable for harm. To learn more about your options for filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit and recovering compensation for damages, please contact the experienced Connecticut nursing home abuse lawyers at the offices of Stanger Stanfield Law, LLC, today.