Nursing home residents are often victims of abuse and neglect in the facilities that are supposed to be safe havens for them. Unfortunately, not everyone affected by the vice speaks out. Your loved one may be too intimidated or not physically able to report such cases of abuse that often happen behind closed doors.
Therefore, you need to take proactive steps in safeguarding your loved one from nursing home abuse. One of the most important things you should do is look out for signs of abuse or neglect and take appropriate action.
What could be an indicator of abuse or neglect?
Your loved one’s physical state should tell you a lot about their stay at a facility. If they are malnourished or dehydrated, it could point to something wrong. Other common signs of abuse or neglect include:
- Bed sores
- Unusual weight loss
- Withdrawal from activities they used to enjoy
- Sudden and unusual changes in behavior
- Suspicious financial transactions (financial abuse), among others
Should you notice any of the above signs, it may be time to change your loved one’s nursing facility and get them the justice they deserve.
What should you do about it?
You should seek immediate medical attention if your loved one shows signs of mental or physical abuse. The elderly are among the most vulnerable groups, and even minor injuries can be deadly. In addition, a medical report can be crucial evidence when pursuing compensation for your loved one.
Secondly, you should prepare to bring a nursing home abuse claim against the negligent facility. If your loved one is a victim, they may be entitled to compensation for the harm or losses they suffered from neglect or abuse. However, before filing such a claim, it is important to seek legal guidance on what you need to do first.