When you place a loved one into a nursing home, you expect him or her to be treated as family. When you start to see bruising, more infections and illnesses than usual and other concerns, you begin to wonder if the facility is neglectful.
What can you do to help your loved one? Are there signs you should be able to recognize to know if he or she is in danger? Here are three signs of nursing home abuse to watch out for.
1. Unusual bruising
It's no secret that the elderly bruise more easily. The skin is not as resilient, and bleeding is more likely. Despite that, if you begin to notice large bruises or bruising in unusual shapes, it's time to say something to the nursing home director.
2. Odd behaviors
If your loved one was always happy and pleasant but is now moody and aggressive toward people who visit, there may be a cause for concern. It's possible that he or she is being abused by those who are supposed to be helping. Physical or emotional abuse can cause a typically happy resident to lash out.
If your loved one is of the right mind, ask him or her what's wrong and create a safe space for conversation. If he or she struggles with memory or dementia, you may need to search for answers by asking the staff or potentially setting up a camera in the room.
Dehydration is a sign that something is seriously wrong at the nursing home. Good facilities provide easy access to water and make sure that residents are drinking enough. If they do not, it can lead to residents who suffer from falls and other illnesses as a result of poor water intake.
These are just a few ways to recognize nursing home abuse. If you notice any of these signs, it's important to follow up and be certain your loved one is getting only the best care.