With reports regarding nursing home abuse and neglect rising, it is completely reasonable to be concerned about your loved one's care. In fact, it is perhaps more important than ever to take a good look at any nursing home you are considering for a parent or other family member. Make sure that you continue to be vigilant even after your loved one is into the facility, too, as sometimes abuse and neglect won't appear obvious enough to see it during a facility tour. With all of that in mind, let's take a look at how you can be sure that your loved one is being well cared for and remember that if you find out your loved has been experiencing neglect or abuse, there are options. Dixon Law Office would be happy to discuss them with you.
Signs of Abuse and Neglect
The abuse of patients in nursing homes is illegal but an unfortunate reality that shouldn't be ignored. It is important to stay aware of your loved ones and their physical and mental condition when you visit them. This is easier if your loved one is able to speak with you coherently, however there are physical symptoms to look for even if they are unable to speak.
When it comes to physical signs of neglect or abuse in nursing facilities, you should check your loved ones for any signs of bruising. Check that their clothing is clean if it is dirty or ripped, you might want to dig a little deeper to determine why they are not being properly maintained and how they became ripped. The cleanliness of your loved one's room is another factor to take into consideration, as is the way in which they react when an aide or other employee is around. Keep in mind that neglect and abuse can be as much mental as it is physical, and their demeanor might tell you a lot about how they are feeling.
Finally, remember that abuse can be financial as well as mental and physical. Keep an eye on your loved one's credit report and make sure no one is making use of their identity and credit score to open up new accounts.
If your loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, contact Dixon Law Office today. Our experienced attorneys would be happy to speak with you, and we offer free case reviews. And if you cannot come to us, that's okay we can come to you!