When seniors’ health starts to deteriorate and they can no longer care for themselves, their loved ones are forced to make a major decision. They must either care for their family members on their own or put them in a nursing home.
Caring for a parent while juggling a career and perhaps young children is simply not a possibility for most people. That’s why many opt for nursing home care. Nursing homes are staffed with licensed caregivers, so the patients must be receiving top-notch care, right? Think again.
Your loved one may be suffering from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, and you don’t even know it. Statistics show that patient are abused in 1 in 3 nursing homes. Many of the violations caused significant harm to the patients.
Neglect and abuse is not always clear-cut. You need to closely monitor your loved one and communicate with him or her to look for the signs. Read on to find out what you should be looking for when you put your loved one in a nursing home.
Changes to your loved one’s appearance will be the most evident signs of abuse. You may find bruises, bedsores and lacerations. Some suffer from broken bones. Your mom or dad may suddenly be getting hurt all the time without explanation. You may notice that your family member is losing weight.
Emotional changes are also signs that abuse is taking place. Your once social love done may become withdrawn. He or she may seem moodier than usual and sleep more. You may notice that Mom or Dad is fearful of the nursing home staff. These are all red flags.
Lack of Nutrition or Hydration
If your loved one seems unusually thirsty or hungry, then he or she may not be getting adequate food or water. Sometimes staff members intentionally keep food and water away from patients as a form of abuse. In most cases, though, it is not done on purpose. Sometimes facilities are understaffed and staff members are frantically trying to care for dozens of patients at once. As a result, meal times may be missed and patients may be afraid to speak up.
You should be able to ask questions of staff members and get decent responses. You should not be ignored. If you keep getting “I don’t know” or staff keeps avoiding your questions, something is wrong. More than likely, they are trying to hide something. If your loved one is suffering, there should be some sort of plan in place. Don’t keep your loved one in this type of environment.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Indianapolis
You might think your loved one is safe and well cared for, but sometimes signs of neglect and abuse are not so apparent. It’s crucial that you monitor your loved one’s physical appearance and behavior.
If you think your family member is a victim of nursing home abuse, it’s important to act quickly.
An experienced Indianapolis nursing home abuse lawyer can assess your case today. Contact Holland & Holland for a free consultation at (317) 581-4400.