With the amount that it costs to get your loved one a room in a nursing home, you would expect a good standard of care at such facilities. Unfortunately, nursing homes are notorious for subjecting residents to both neglect and outright abuse.
While neglect may be the more common issue, elder abuse affects thousands of people living in nursing home facilities every year. You may be the only person capable of advocating for your loved one and protecting them from this treatment when they live in a nursing home.
What are some of the warning signs of abuse that you should not ignore?
Accusations from your loved one
It is surprisingly common for family members to ignore or downplay complaints and accusations made by the residents living in a nursing home. They might think their family member wants to manipulate them using their sense of guilt about the situation or that they have exaggerated the circumstances.
If your loved one makes serious claims of physical or psychological abuse, making note of those complaints and looking into them is the best choice for their protection and your peace of mind.
Your loved one may not feel comfortable speaking up at all, especially if a specific member of staff at the nursing home has targeted them for physical abuse. If they frequently have bruises that they can’t explain when you come to visit, if they break bones or if they end up in the hospital and can’t tell you why, you may need to question whether elder abuse has occurred.
No private time
Have you noticed that nursing home staff members hover around every time you visit or won’t directly hand the phone over when you call? If they serve as an intermediary in all of your conversations or won’t leave you alone in the room when you come for a visit in person, that could be reason to suspect that there is something they don’t want your loved one to convey to you.
Once you think that there is a possibility of your loved one enduring misconduct at a nursing home, you will want to take steps to protect them. Recognizing warning signs of nursing home abuse will be the first step toward intervening on their behalf.