People who put their loved ones in an elder care facility want to make sure they’re happy and cared for as they enter the final stage of their life. Unfortunately, not every facility is of the highest quality. In some cases, staffers may even abuse, neglect or take advantage of those they’re supposed to look after.
These actions can cause great undue hardship for any elderly citizen, but the red flags may not always be evident at first.
Warning signs a loved one is facing abuse/neglect
If caretakers notice something is off, it may be time to act:
- They’re not acting like themselves: If an elderly loved one is usually alert and upbeat, but suddenly changes behaviors, this may be concerning to some. Depending on the circumstances, the elderly loved one may have lost interest in activities or hobbies they once enjoyed or frequently feel anxious or depressed.
- They’ve become immobile: In some cases, residents may be able to get around with the help of a staff member. But if that assistance has seemed to stop for a prolonged period, they may be facing neglect.
- Their incontinence is leading to other health problems: Typically, many older adults need assistance when using the restroom. If an elderly loved one has rashes or skin breakdowns due to unchanged diapers, this could be a red flag.
- They’re dehydrated/malnourished: If the resident abruptly loses weight, or develops a dry mouth or cracked lips, they may not be getting the right amount of food and water they need.
- They have physical marks: Whether they were hurt intentionally or fell without supervision, the loved one may be facing significant abuse or neglect.
Victims of nursing home mistreatment deserve justice
No matter the circumstance, no resident in an assisted living facility should have to live in a hostile and uncaring environment. Those who think their loved one may be facing such may want to seek legal counsel. A determined and persistent elder law attorney can take their client’s case to court and get them the justice they deserve.