There may come a time when you realize that a loved one is better off in a nursing home. This is a difficult decision to make, but you do so because you want what’s best for the person.
Even if you do all your homework upfront, there could come a time when you suspect abuse and neglect. It’s important to understand the four primary types of abuse:
- Physical abuse: This is exactly what it sounds like. Bruises, broken bones and abrasions could be a sign that something may be going on.
- Emotional abuse: This includes everything from harassment to overmedication to isolation.
- Neglect: This can cause things such as falls, malnutrition, bedsores and dehydration.
- Sexual abuse: This type of abuse can happen at the hands of other residents or staff.
What to do next
Nursing home residents don’t always want to speak up about these types of abuse. Instead, they keep it to themselves because they are afraid or confused about what’s happening.
If you have any reason to believe something is going on, talk to your loved one about it. Sometimes, all it takes is you broaching the subject for them to open up.
Don’t hesitate to discuss your concerns with the staff. If necessary, speak with supervisors and directors for more answers.
If you come to the conclusion that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, immediately move them to a new facility. Then learn more about your legal options and actions that you can take against the facility and staff to seek compensation and justice.