Perhaps there are times you visit your loved one and things feel fine. However, there may be other occasions that make you question your decision to leave your loved one there. You may sometimes get the sense that something is just “not right.” Maybe your loved one’s things seem a bit out of place. Employees may lurk a little too long or too close, and they may start awkward or uncomfortable conversations.
Whatever the behavior you may notice, if you get the sense that something is wrong, speaking to a Miami odd actions on the part of the staff lawyer might provide some comfort. A lawyer familiar with these types of cases might be able to shed some light on your situation and offer advice as to how to handle it.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we believe that you should trust your intuition. If it is telling you something is not right, it may be for a good reason. We also believe that if the staff gives you reasons to doubt their sincerity, it might be worth looking into. It never hurts to be overly cautious, especially when the safety of your family is at risk.
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Possible Reasons for Odd Behaviors in Nursing Home Staff
There are many different reasons staff might behave oddly. For instance, they could be hiding something. If you suspect or know as a fact that your loved one is suffering any of the following, a lawyer might be able to help. Strange staff behavior may be a manifestation of guilt for hurting your loved one via the following ways:
Nursing home residents can suffer from many different types of abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, or psychological). The National Institute of Aging (NIA) affirms that abuse can take many forms. Be on the lookout for all of them.
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Some nursing home staff members are convicted of abusing residents financially. This can take the form of:
- Financial exploitation or manipulation
- Forcing residents to rewrite staff members into their wills
- Persuading residents to give them large amounts of money
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Outside of financial exploitation, nursing home employees may commit theft of residents’ property, including stealing items ranging from jewelry and valuable personal items to prescription medications.
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Nursing home staff members have been convicted of gross negligence for failing to:
- Meet the basic needs of their residents
- Help feed those who cannot feed themselves
- Comply with oral hygiene requirements
- Complete body rotations for bedridden residents
- Administer and distribute patient medications
A negligent staff member could also contribute to an increased risk of infections and diseases, including pneumonia. They may have also facilitated the emergence and growth of bedsores and thus, infections.
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Decoding Odd Behaviors
Because of the wide range of possibilities, there may be no way to initially pinpoint the reason for the staff’s behavior. However, you should attempt to decode their actions. Look for a pattern in how they are acting.
Document and keep accurate records of specific unusual behaviors you see. This way, you will not forget strange incidences and note whether behaviors tend to cover up abusive, financial exploitation, or other neglectful or harmful behaviors.
How Documenting Behaviors and Interactions Can Help Your Case
Any time you notice odd behavior or interactions, document it. In your notes, include:
- The names of different employees you observe acting strangely
- A complete description of the odd behaviors
- The date the exchange or observation took place
If it turns out that your hunch was correct and odd behaviors are hiding something, this documentation could prove helpful (should your case go to court). In addition to interactions, document other questionable things you see. Even if you are not sure whether the incidences are significant, they may be helpful later in determining patterns of unusual staff behavior.
If you notice upper-level staff—such as the management or owners—acting strangely, that could indicate a problem within the nursing home collectively. A Miami odd actions on the part of the staff lawyer could help you hold the entire nursing home accountable.
Check in with Your Loved One Often
Because of the many potential explanations for strange behavior, try to also exhibit extra care in observing your loved one. If your family member takes medication, perhaps innocently ask to check in on their prescription refills’ status.
Should you notice there is missing medication, or if it seems that your loved one has been running out of their prescription more quickly than normal, that could indicate drug theft. Look more closely at areas of their body that might show signs of abuse.
Consider checking under their sleeves, for marks or bruising on their wrists or arms. Try to get your relative to open up so that even if they do not explicitly tell you that there is a problem, they may offer clues to determine what they might be experiencing.
A Lawyer Can Help You Make Sure Your Loved One Is Safe
If you are worried that odd behaviors might indicate your loved one is suffering abuse, a Miami odd actions on the part of the staff lawyer might be able to help. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we care about clients and do not back down from a fight for justice. If someone is abusing or exploiting your loved one, there is a way to discover it and hold the liable party accountable.
If there is a serious issue, it may take a little detective work, but we can also uncover it and move forward with a legal case for justice. We will likely start the process by helping you file a complaint with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
To see how we can help you, call us for a free consultation at (800) 842-6336.