Nursing home abuse is a terrible problem in the U.S. and more common than most people realize. However, the good news is that you can do something about it to protect your senior loved one.
Tips to Reduce the Risk of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Understaffing, poor management, and stress are three of the most common reasons for nursing home abuse. Some ways you can reduce the risk of abuse or neglect for your senior:
- Public awareness – Promote public awareness about nursing home abuse so that anyone who witnesses it may report it to end the abuse before it continues.
- Help elder Americans engage with their communities – Abusers may target isolated seniors over those who spend time with friends, are active in the community, and are busy with activities. Preventing isolation is an essential aspect in reducing the risk of neglect or abuse.
- Control medications and finances – Keep a close eye on your elder loved one’s medications and finances. Be sure no one abuses their prescriptions or tries to act on their behalf financially.
- Educate yourself – Become aware of all the different types of elder abuse and neglect and know the signs.
- Keep in close contact – Regularly visit or call your loved ones to make sure they are okay. Watch for any changes in mood, behavior, or health.
- Vet the nursing home thoroughly – Before placing your senior in a nursing home facility, thoroughly check it out online, talk to family members of other seniors, and look for any red flags.
- Get to know your senior’s primary caregiver – There are various ways you can investigate the background of a nursing home caregiver. Also, ask the facility what their policy is on background checks, hiring, and educating staff.
If you are concerned that your loved one is not getting the care they deserve, speak to the facilities’ management. If nothing changes or they refuse to look into it, immediately bring your complaints to the local authorities.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, contact our office for help today.