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This Indiana Nursing Home Abuse Resource Center is intended to help those affected by nursing home abuse or neglect in Indiana to learn more about this problem and how the responsible nursing home company may be held accountable.

What you should do if you suspect abuse or neglect in an Indiana nursing home?

If the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect and is still a patient at the facility, you should immediately notify your physician, the nursing home administrator, and the director of nurses of your concerns.  You may want to document your concerns by giving the facility a written complaint and keeping copy of this complaint for your records.

Indiana Ombudsman

You should also consider contacting the ombudsman for the facility.  For more information on contact numbers for Indiana ombudsmen and other officials, visit our Indiana Nursing Home Abuse Assistance page.  The facility should also be able to give you the identity and contact information for the ombudsman. 

Indiana State Department of Health

Whether the victim is still a patient at the facility or not, you can also report the matter to the Indiana State Department of Health by calling their nursing home complaint hot-line at 1-800-246-8909.  They will undertake an investigation of the complaint and notify you of the results.

Holding the nursing home accountable

Holding a nursing home accountable for its abuse or neglect of a patient may deter the facility or nursing home company from permitting similar misconduct in the future.  While the State can investigate the complaint and in some cases levy fines against the facility, often these fines are too small to serve as a truly effective deterrent.  Fortunately, Indiana law allows victims or families of victims to initiate a civil lawsuit seeking damages designed to hold the abusive or neglectful nursing home accountable for their misconduct.  To learn more about this legal option, call 888-922-2889 for a free consultation from:

(888) 922-2889
9465 Counselor's Row, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46240
This firm offers free consultations to families who believe their loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse.  This firm does not charge an hourly fee to handle these cases, but instead is paid only if a recovery is made against the neglectful or abusive nursing home.

Laws to protect nursing home patients in Indiana

Federal laws.

Federal Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Law Summary
In 1987, Congress enacted the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 1987), also known as the Nursing Home Reform Act, setting forth certain requirements for quality of care. It demands that a nursing home that receives Medicare and Medicaid funding "must provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care..."  States may pass even stricter standards if they choose.  Click here for a summary of these federal laws.

Indiana State Laws

Click here to review Indiana laws relating to nursing home patient rights.

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