When people talk about nursing home abuse, they always try to find ways to help prevent it from occurring. There are a lot of methods that you can consider—such as choosing the right nursing home—but there is only one real way to help stop any abuse and prevent it in the first place.
For family members, it’s important to be present in the life of your loved one after he or she goes into a nursing home for care. There are several things that you can do to increase your presence and help prevent your loved one from suffering harm.
Visit Your Loved One Often
We know that you have a busy life, but taking time to visit your elderly loved one often can help you keep in touch with what they’re feeling and experiencing. Visiting often gives you the option of recognizing the following:
- Any physical injuries that could indicate abuse or neglect (such as slip and falls or bed sores)
- Any emotional changes in behavior that could indicate verbal and emotional abuse
- Any missing items or changes in spending that could indicate financial abuse
Ask Questions About the Nursing Home Care
Ask your loved one, his or her care provider, and the faculty manager various questions that can help you determine if something is going on with your loved one. You can get a better idea of any changes in behavior, eating habits, and more.
It could be an indicator that your elderly loved one is suffering from some kind of abuse from a staff member, doctor, or even another resident. By asking questions, you can get a clear understanding of all that is going on and how you can stop it.
Additional Tips to Recognize Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
At The Gatti Law Firm, we encourage family members to be present in the life of an elderly loved one. We want you to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse and if you believe your loved one is being harmed, you should take action to protect their rights.
Our Oregon lawyers can stand by your side, helping you understand your potential options to hold the negligent party accountable, and move forward in the most effective manner possible. Trust us to be your advocates during this difficult time and pursue the justice and compensation you and your loved one need.