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We all grew up hearing how important it is to respect our elders, unfortunately not everyone has internalized that. When you put your aging relative into a home to care for them, you are running the risk that they will be a victim of nursing home neglect.
Around 1 in 10 Americans who are at least 60 years old have experienced elder abuse. This could be emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.
There’re warning signs you can look for before you leave your loved one in the hands of someone who might do them harm. Here are some of the things you should look for regularly to make sure that they get the proper care they deserve.
Situations that Lead to Nursing Home Neglect
When you are picking a nursing home for your loved one to live in there are somethings to be on the lookout for.
Make sure the facility is properly staffed. If it is noticeably understaffed it’s a strong indication that your loved one could be at risk of elderly abuse. This is because understaffing leaves less time per resident, and adds to the level of stress the employees are under.
If they are stressed they are more like to mistreat the residents and be unsympathetic to their needs.
Signs of Physical and Emotional Abuse
No matter how hard you try to make sure that your loved one is in a great facility, things happen. That’s why it’s important to continue to look for the signs of abuse.
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime 10 percent of elderly abuse is physical while verbal and neglect and 60 and 14 percent respectively.
Signs of physical abuse are typically bruises, abrasions, burns, and pressure marks. Verbal abuse shows itself by sudden changes of mood, your loved one is more withdrawn and depressed.
How to Keep Your Loved One Safe
Smaller facilities tend to do a better job of taking care of their residents. Places that have a lot of staff and fewer residents typically have higher satisfaction rates and fewer complaints.
It’s also good practice to visit often and stay friendly with the staff. Even in a facility that is overcrowded, the staff is more like to take better care of your loved one if they know you are around.
If you think your loved one is being abused it’s important to report it to the Adult Protective Services. That way not only can you get justice for your loved one but is there a record of it for others looking for a safe facility.
Protecting Your Loved One
We know you care about your loved one if you keep on the lookout for these things you can make sure that they stay are not victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Leaving someone you care about in other peoples hands can be a scary thing, taking the right steps can give you some peace of mind.
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