One of the most difficult decisions a family must consider is the need to have an elderly loved one in a nursing home. Not only can you feel guilty because you are unable to care for the people who raised you, but there are also concerns and fears of leaving the health and well-being of frail elderly to the hands of strangers. So, imagine the fear you feel when you suspect your parents or grandparents suffer from abuse or neglect. If you think your loved one is being ignored or abused, check for one or more of these signs.
Signs of neglect
The reason we put our loved ones in nursing homes is that they didn’t care about themselves in many basic ways.
• Maintain proper hygiene
• Feed yourself
• Take medicine properly
In addition, they may also suffer from limited mobility and amnesia. After putting them in a nursing home, the staff expects to provide those needs to your loved ones. When older people are ignored, they show signs that their basic needs are not met.
• Dehydration or malnutrition symptoms
• Symptoms of no medication
• Smell of urine and feces
• Hair does not appear to be swelling, such as unbrushed hair and dirty clothes
• Lack of basic hygiene such as bathing and brushing teeth
This list is by no means comprehensive. If you think your loved one does not receive the standard care that a reasonable person expects, then you should investigate whether your loved one is ignored.
Signs of abuse
If there is anything worse than neglect, it is abuse. Older people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Older people do not suffer the following types of abuse:
• Isolation from other patients
• Unfair detention
• Screaming, insulting, threatening
• Hit, Slap, Strike, Bit
• Sexual assault
• Discriminate for any reason
• Unjustly taking medication to control behavior
Moreover, they definitely should not suffer any mental or physical suffering or punishment. The signs of this type of abuse are:
• Bruises and cuts
• Fractures, especially hip fractures
• Want to stay away from other patients
• Start chewing
• Afraid to talk about staff in a nursing home
• Behaves like you’ve never seen before
• Sudden death
Like the signs of disregard, these signs are not exhaustive and are limited to just these indicators. If you think your loved one is being abused, don’t hesitate to take action. We must do our best to protect the life, health and rights of our loved ones.
Get legal assistance
You can also file a complaint yourself or change your nursing home. However, abuse and neglect of the elderly is not only illegal, it violates the rights of groups of people who are unable to protect themselves. Minnesota Personal Injury Lawyers can help you get results, confront the rights of your loved ones, and even get your loved one’s compensation for any damage they may have caused. If you suspect abuse or neglect in a nursing home, do not hesitate to call a personal injury lawyer. Your love may depend on your life.
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