Cathleen Lockhart is a former registered nurse and advocator for the elderly. Nursing home abuse can be in different forms such as; falls, burns, unexplained fractures, bedsores, rape, assault, mental abuse in the form of threatening the patient, infections, starvation, infections, battery, dehydration, malnutrition, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and poor medical care. Cathleen Lockhart in the representation of families has found that substandard care in the form of neglect and intentional harms can be equally devastating. Accidents in nursing homes can happen in the absence of neglect. But repeated accidents should never happen.
What you can do
If you believe a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you should contact Cathleen Lockhart immediately for a free review of the medical records. However, perhaps more important there are things that can be done to try to stop the problem immediately. In addition to contacting Cathleen Lockhart, you can increase your visits to the facility, express your concerns to the staff and administration, and notify the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) at 1-800-458-9858.
Do your research
Visit the nursing home often. While many Texas nursing homes offer tours, make sure you look beyond what they want you to see. If possible, talk to other residents and their families, see if there are any state reports, find out how long the nursing home has been around, compare the nurse and staff to patient ratio, ask if the nursing home is a restraint-free facility, do you notice unusual odors, are all hallways free of obstacles, are the trash receptacles overflowing or emptied, ask if there are visiting restrictions during evenings, meals, or other times.
Careful analysis of nursing homes will hopefully prevent the need to ever hire Cathleen Lockhart.