If you're visiting your mom or dad at a Myrtle Beach nursing home several times a week, you're probably excellent at staying on top of his or her condition. That said, you still want be on high alert for any signs of abuse -- especially if your loved one relies on the care facility for receiving baths, medication, meals and medical services.
There are five primary kinds of nursing home abuse
Here are the five categories of nursing home abuse that you should look out for:
-- Physical abuse: This may involve hitting, slapping or pushing. This abuse may be detected if you spot bruises, cuts or scrapes on your loved one. Always ask your loved one about any potential signs of physical abuse that you notice.
-- Emotional/psychological abuse: This may be harder to detect since there won't be any physical signs. However, if nursing home staff members subject your loved one to psychological abuse, he or she might complain about it to you. Emotional abuse may involve name calling, being ignored, being prevented from seeing friends at the nursing home, yelling, threatening and more.
-- Neglect: This usually involves the care facility not tending to the needs of your loved one. Perhaps your loved one is not receiving his or her baths, meals or medication promptly.
-- Abandonment: This type of abuse means that the nursing home left your loved one by him- or herself for an extended period of time, but nothing was done to ensure that he or she was receiving an appropriate level of care.
-- Sexual abuse: In this type of abuse, nursing home staff might force an elder person to either watch or become a part of sexual acts. Sexual violence could also be involved.
Take swift action if your older loved one is suffering from abuse
Keeping an open line of communication with your loved one is often enough to ensure that no abuse is happening at a nursing facility. However, not all of our loved ones will be able to communicate that a problem is happening -- either due to mental or communicative incapacity or due to fear of retaliation.
If you have even the slightest suspicion that your loved one is suffering from mistreatment in any way, a South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyer can help you get your loved one out of an abusive situation while seeking financial compensation for his or her injuries.