Knowing that the nursing home you choose for your loved one is a safe place is essential. However, it is not always easy to properly assess the place before you make your choice.
For this reason, you need to be vigilant about paying attention to signs that the facility may not be providing the best care. You especially want to watch for signs of abuse. Beyond that, there are some things you can do to help protect your loved one from abuse.
Know the rights
CNN suggests that you should make yourself and your loved one aware of his or her rights. Nursing home residents have the right to seek medical care, report bad treatment and seek help if they need it. Also, know that you have the right to see your loved one and meet with him or her privately. Knowing who to go to and what to report can help keep your loved one safer.
Watch for indicators
Indications of abuse may be subtle. Consider the smell of the facility. If it has bad odors, that may be a sign of inadequate care. Dirty floors or dust everywhere also is a sign the facility may not be doing a good job of care.
If you have any suspicions about abuse, do not hesitate to take action. Contact the ombudsman or adult protective services. Speak up and be clear this is not something you will tolerate. Act as an advocate for your loved one.
It is not always easy to recognize or see signs of abuse in the elderly. Many of their natural signs of aging can mimic common abuse symptoms. For that reason, taking other steps like these can be the best defense you have to protect your loved one.