Those who stay closely involved with a resident’s care at an ICF/DD are best able to spot and manage problems that may arise with the facility or staff. Prepare by learning about rights and responsibilities, warning signs of substandard care, and indicators of abuse. If you have specific concerns, speak frankly with facility management first, then consider escalating the sources you use for more help. Bear in mind the goal: to get the best possible care for the resident.
Review the basic rights guaranteed to those with developmental disabilities.
Understand a resident’s rights and how to protect them.
A resident, friend, family member, conservator, or advocate who finds a facility’s care lacking, negligent, or abusive can take a number of steps to correct it.
The last but sometimes necessary resort: consulting an attorney to help pursue possible legal claims.