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If you suspect any type of abuse has occurred in a nursing home facility, the first thing you should do is remove your loved one from the dangerous environment. In most cases, nursing homes require a family member to be present for discharge assignments. Discharging a person from a nursing home usually takes doctor approval, but in the event of an emergency, you should call the police for assistance. Prior to removing an elder from a nursing home, you should contact a nursing home abuse attorney to review the allegations and potential charges of the case. You also should make arrangements for a safer place for the relative to stay (at your home, or another nursing institution) until you can resolve the problems with the nursing home. Make sure the elderly person is checked out at a hospital or by a doctor to rule out any serious physical injuries.