If you have a friend or family member in the care of someone else, peace of mind is paramount. You have to put a lot of trust into a nursing home or assisted-living facility and hope your loved one is taken care of the right way.

The unfortunate truth for many residents in Oklahoma, optimal care is not always given. And when that happens, neglect and mistreatment are not far behind. Here are some things you need to know to ensure that if caretaker abuse is happening, you are addressing the situation the right way.

One, understand you have the right to ask questions. Not only that, but you should expect answers. Remember, they are running a business and have an expectation to the customer. Be aware of anything out of sorts. If you aren’t getting the answers you want, that could be a red flag that they are hiding something.

Two, you may not hear about an incident or mistreatment directly from the person in the home or establishment. When it comes to dehydration and missing medicine, your loved one may not have any idea that the mismanagement was going on. It’s OK to check in and do some investigating yourself.

Finally, it never hurts to get a second opinion. Talk to legal experts like Lloyd and Lloyd and see if you are dealing with abuse and what course of action you should take. Don’t let nursing homes and caretakers get away with abuse without having to pay the price. Get some answers from Lloyd and Lloyd now: 918-246-0200.

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