Remote Inspections of Loved Ones During Pandemic Lockdown
- posted: May 06, 2020
What should I do if I suspect my loved one is being abused or neglected in the nursing home/adult living facility during this COVID-19 lockdown?
We are getting many calls from family members concerned about the well-being of their loved one in a nursing facility. Since these facilities are on lockdown and it is not possible to physically check on your loved one, there are ways to try to ensure they are safe and well. Many facilities have instituted FaceTime/Zoom visits. These visits should not solely be used as a means to communicate with your loved one, but to also physically inspect your loved one. Often times the operator of the communication equipment can be asked to scan the patient, including his or her arm and legs, to ascertain whether they are bruised or wounded. You should also ask whether your loved one has any skin breakdown (pressure sores) and if so, demand that the condition be photographed or electronically recorded. If your loved one looks distressed or disheveled, that may be a warning sign that things may not be going well, and that further investigation is warranted.
Certainly, any or all of these signs are worthy of investigation. At Romaguera Law Group, we do not charge for investigation which includes a record review and assessment. If needed, legal intervention can occur to protect your loved one. If not, you have the peace of mind knowing that your loved one is being cared for appropriately and that you have done all you can during this difficult time when it is not possible to personally visit with your loved one. We have been investigating adult neglect and abuse for almost 30 years and know what to look for and how to respond if necessary.