New AHCA Guide Focuses on Social Media Abuse of Nursing Home Residents

Posted on behalf of The Bell Law Firm, PLLC on Jun 27, 2016 in Nursing Home Information

Nursing home social media abuseDue to an increasing, newer form of elder abuse, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) has created a training kit to be used by nursing homes to educate their staff regarding proper social media usage and how to report social media elder abuse when it occurs.

The kit details step-by-step instructions for handling various forms of social media abuse, including dehumanizing photos, videos and comments. Distribution of the training kits began this June.

ACHA’s Senior Vice President explained that numerous nursing facilities do not have social media usage policies in place because they are not engaging in platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and SnapChat.

Shortly after Senator Charles Grassley questioned social media companies regarding their prevention of nursing home staff’s abusive posts on their platforms, the kit was created. Grassley referenced specific examples of degrading photos and videos that were posted via certain social media sites.

He asked the social media companies to release information about preventive strategies they have put into place to prevent elder abuse. Assistance from the companies is appreciated in the fight against social media abuse against nursing home residents.

With more nursing home employees posting abusive content online, it has prompted a federal response to this invasive type of abuse. When nursing home staff engages in such behavior by posting compromising pictures and videos of the elderly, it violates basic rights of human dignity and privacy as well as the law and there will be consequences.

Do suspect your loved one has been abused while under the care of a Charleston nursing facility? If so, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at The Bell Law Firm and discover how you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and hold liable parties accountable. Because your consultation is free and we only get paid if you win, talk to an experienced lawyer today who will fight for the rights of your loved one.

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