How to Report Nursing Home Patient Abuse

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How to Report Nursing Home Patient Abuse
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Nursing home abuse includes acts of physical, emotional and sexual mistreatment of nursing home patients. Neglect and self-neglect are also considered forms of nursing home patient abuse. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse website, female nursing home patients and older nursing home residents are the most likely to become victims of nursing home abuse. If you suspect nursing home patient abuse is taking place, you may file an abuse report to have the incident considered for further investigation.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Contact the nursing home, and file an abuse complaint with the director of nursing. Once the abuse complaint has been processed, you will be asked to provide a confidential written statement of the incident.

  2. 2

    Fill out the incident report, including all details relevant to the nursing home patient abuse case. Be sure to include detailed information pertaining to all parties involved and the type of abuse suspected.

  3. 3

    Submit the report to the director of nursing. The report will then be forwarded to the state's board of nursing, and the investigation process will begin.

  4. 4

    Contact the state board of nursing to check the progress of the incident report. Once the investigation has been completed, the board of nursing will release a closing statement of the investigation to all parties involved. Once an official statement is released, the board of nursing will consider the abuse case closed.

Tips and warnings

  • It is illegal to file a false report of nursing home abuse; all information reported must be true to the best of your knowledge at the time the report is submitted.

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