How Do You Report Nursing Home Abuse?

Photo of Ill nursing home resident in bedNursing home abuse and neglect is horrifying. Whether it occurs at home or in a facility, when you leave your loved one in the hands of a healthcare provider, you have a right to expect it to put the safety of that person first.

Sadly, in some situations this does not happen. Recently, the Tennessee Board of Nursing suspended the license of a home health nurse who continued to work even after being indicted on charges of beating a semi-comatose quadriplegic patient.

According to the Associated Press, Dwight Cullen was still working for Maxim Healthcare when the board took the action last month. Maxim claimed that it did not know about Cullen’s indictment when he was hired, as his name was not on the Tennessee Department of Health Abuse Registry, a database that allows people to check the backgrounds of employees.

Cullen reportedly failed to secure a patient in a harness while attempting to put him in his wheelchair recently. As he was doing this, he allegedly hit the patient’s head on the wheel of his wheelchair numerous times and then dragged him across the floor by one leg.

The event was allegedly captured on a home surveillance system, with family members of the victim turning over the tape to police. The incident reportedly took place in Sumner County.

What Should I Do If I Suspect My Loved One Is Being Abused in a Nursing Home?

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from abuse, you should contact a doctor to diagnose and treat any potential injuries. Additionally, you should record and date any incidents that you believe may have taken place.

After you file a complaint with the proper authorities, including the Tennessee Department of Health and your local police department, you should call Stanley Davis at (615) 690-2080 to seek damages.

“But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19