When your loved one is in a nursing home, you don't want to find out that he or she is in danger or has been harmed. It's devastating to know that the people who are supposed to treat your family member like their own loved ones aren't doing so.
There are many signs of nursing home abuse that you can look for. These red flags signify that something is wrong, and they should tell you it's time to transfer your loved one or to have a talk with the home's director.
- Sudden illness
If your loved one was in good health entering the nursing facility but comes down with multiple illnesses within a short time of living there, it's time to start asking questions. It's possible the facility isn't cleaned well enough to prevent the spread of germs, that the staff isn't helping your loved one with his or her hygiene, or that your family member is suffering injuries from other issues.
- Psychological distress
It may be obvious, but if your loved one's demeanor changes significantly after moving into the nursing home, you should start asking questions. While some people change their habits because of being in a new and unfamiliar place, others may be in distress because of physical abuse, negligence or emotional abuse.
If your loved one has been taken to the hospital for dehydration or you notice that he or she has suffered weakness or infections more often lately, dehydration could be the problem. It's not hard to get patients the water they need. Your loved one should always have access to water. In many nursing homes, it's normal to provide a large drinking mug of water and to track how much patients drink.
These are just a few things that could happen to make you worry about nursing home abuse or neglect. If you ever have a concern, it's worth making sure your loved one is getting the right care.