Q How Can I Make Sure My Family Member Isn't Being Abused in a Nursing Home?
Signs of nursing home abuse can range from a resident's sudden depression, putting off going to a doctor, attempts to run away, not having any spending money and having frequent “accidents.” Sometime the only evidence is a resident claiming to have been harmed.
Take seriously any reports by a loved one that he or she is being abused, neglected, or mistreated. Often abuse is allowed to continue because a report by an elderly nursing home resident was ignored.
Notice any changes in your loved one’s behavior and physical appearance. Do they seem fearful of nursing home care workers, depressed, or withdrawn? Do they display poor personal hygiene?
Look for bruises, broken bones, sprains, and other signs of physical abuse. Other signs include torn or bloody clothing, or broken glasses or dentures.
Keep tabs on your loved one’s finances. A sudden change in banking habits or large, unexplained withdrawals may be a sign your loved one is a victim of financial exploitation.
Most importantly, you should visit your loved one regularly. Being present in your elder's life not only helps them trust you when they need to report nursing home abuse, but it can also help prevent it in the first place by letting the staff know you're a concerned and involved famly member.
When you visit the nursing home you should not only pay attention to the physical and mental well-being of your loved one, but you should note the condition of the nursing home as well.
Are the staff friendly and helpful? Is the nursing home clean, and do residents look well cared for? If staff members are reluctant to provide access to your loved one, or the facility is unsanitary, it may be a sign your loved one is a victim of elder abuse or neglect.
If you believe your loved one has been abused by a nursing home, your family may be able to receive compensation. Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.