Concerns Over Memphis Home Care Abuse
A recent case of elder abuse by a home care provider in Memphis raised concerns across the city about private companies and home nurses. How can we make sure our trusted caregivers are safe? And where should you turn if you need a Memphis home care abuse lawyer?
Preventing Elder Abuse at Home
Screening Your At-Home Care Provider:
Once you decide you need caregiving help at home, you will want to screen potential people and organizations. Here are some questions to ask of any potential provider.
- First, is the agency is licensed by the state? Tennessee requires a home care license to operate an agency.
- How long have they been in business?
- Does the business have insurance? This is critical in case anything goes wrong and also helps determine if the person or group is legitimate.
- What training do the workers receive?
- How does the company supervise or monitor their workers?
- Can they provide a list of former clients who will give you a recommendation?
This last question is critical. Sometimes, reviews from former clients are the only way to tell if a company will do a good job, regardless of their license or insurance. Follow up on every single recommendation.
In addition, see if they have reviews from clients who experience similar health issues and care needs as your loved one.
Safety Measures Once You’ve Chosen a Provider:
Technology has fundamentally changed accountability for home care workers. Many excellent caregivers will offer ways to update you with texts, photos, and the like, in an effort to keep you at ease and informed about your loved one.
In addition, some families members prefer to have further accountability, including monitoring the home with products like the “nanny cam.”
It’s legal in all 50 states to record what goes on in your own home. However, you can’t record with the intention of committing a crime, and you can’t violate someone’s expectation of privacy. So, for example, you shouldn’t place a nanny cam in a bathroom or anywhere else a caregiver might have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
If you decide to use them, you have a choice whether to tell your caregiver. Some people prefer to be upfront about it. Cameras have become so common in the industry that many workers won’t be surprised but do prefer to know in advance.
A Home Care Abuse Lawyer Memphis Trusts
In the horrible situation where you suspect elder abuse, you need to get an attorney.
Find someone local who understands the area. You also want a firm with a reputation for being a compassionate, supportive team. As an example, our firm has received multiple Martindale-Hubbell awards for client satisfaction.
Our Memphis elder abuse lawyers will fight for you every step of the way. We’ve worked with victims and their families in the Memphis area for decades, and we know what it takes to get you justice.
We commit ourselves tirelessly to our clients—our elders, our most vulnerable—and we don’t receive a penny until we win.
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