Caring for the elderly is one of the most important jobs a caregiver can provide.
Often, the elderly are at the mercy of the nursing home staff. A ursing home staff is expected to treat residents with care and compassion.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
When nursing home residents are mistreated they may have a physical impairment that hinders their ability to speak up for themselves. Therefore, it is imperative than family members visit their relatives in nursing homes and observe for signs of negligence and abuse.
There are different types of abuse and neglect that face nursing home residents. These include emotional abuse, physical abuse, and financial abuse such as stealing from the residents.
Family members and other caring staff should look for signs of abuse such as unexplained injuries, fractures, broken burns, bedsores, or signs of neglect. Some signs of physical neglect would include unexplained and sudden weight loss, wounds that fail to heal, and signs of dehydration.
Emotions, psychological, or mental abuse may be harder to detect. However, when it is present, you should never rule out the possibility that neglect and abuse have played a critical factor.
Signs of emotional abuse include behavioral or mood changes, withdrawing or failing to participate in activities, and overall depression.
Since there may be other reasons why the resident is depressed, it is important to consider all possibilities before concluding that neglect and abuse were the cause.
However, if the behavioral changes are attributed to abuse, chances are you will also notice signs of physical abuse as well. Yet this isn’t always the case. Don’t rule out abuse simply because you see emotional distress.
If you suspect that your loved on is being abused then you should speak with an attorney immediately, the welfare of your loved one is depending on you.