When you place your parents or grandparents in a nursing home, you expect that they will be taken care of by the people who work there. You are, after all, paying for their care while you earn a living. Even when elders are taken care of at home by a caregiver, these people are tasked with the care of these senior citizens.

Sometimes, it is not easy to tell if an elder is suffering from neglect or abuse at the hands of the people who are supposed to be taking care of them. One way to ensure that caregivers do take proper care of an elderly person in their care is to install a camera in the home or room that they are in. Doing this will help you find out for sure if they are indeed being treated the right way or are being maltreated.

If the person is in a nursing home or other similar facility however, you cannot guarantee that they are getting the kind of care you expect or that they are not being mistreated when backs are turned. Some elderly patients don’t report abuse and negligence for fear of repercussions from the same people who are tasked to care for them. This is when you will need to look at the signs in order to determine if a person in the care of a nursing home or caregiver is suffering from elder neglect or abuse.

Signs That Point to Elder Abuse and Neglect

If you cannot get a camera placed in the room or home of your parent’s or grandparent’s, you might want to check for signs that point to either neglect or abuse. Here are some signs that may just indicate that abuse or neglect is happening without you knowing it:

  • Weight loss for no particular reason – If an elderly person seems to be losing weight for no particular reason (an illness that makes them lose weight or some similar reason), this sudden and drastic weight loss can indicate that there is something wrong.
  • Agitation and violence – When a patient acts agitated and violent towards the people who care for them or towards anyone who approaches them (even you) it might indicate that they have developed distrust towards other people due to the treatment they are getting.
  • Withdrawn and unresponsive – Elderly individuals who seem to withdraw when people visit them or are unresponsive to those who they used to enjoy having around may be suffering from mistreatment.
  • Depressed and confused – A change in demeanor can also indicate that an elderly individual may be suffering from abuse or neglect at the hand of their caregiver.
  • Unexplained insomnia – When a patient at a nursing home or assisted living facility shows signs of being unable to sleep, such as dark circles under their eyes, they may also be suffering from elder neglect.
  • Unexplained scars, bruises, and/or burns – These are the most telltale signs of abuse and are usually inflicted in areas that are not easily visible. In order for you to see if these are present, try to check in places that are not readily seen, like under their clothes.
  • Messy, unkempt, and dirty – When a patient looks messy, smells like they have not taken a bath in days, and has unkempt hair, they may be a victim of neglect.

 

What To Do If You Suspect a Loved-One is a Victim of Abuse or Neglect

There are many different kinds of elder abuse and neglect. It can be that an elderly person is being physically abused by their caregiver. It can also be that they are being exploited financially by the person who is taking care of them. Abuse or neglect can also come in the form of sexual exploitation, emotional abuse, and general neglect where the basic needs of the person is not being provided.

Whatever the case may be, if you suspect that an elder member of your family is being neglected or abused, you will need to ask for help. If you see the signs of neglect or abuse, you can try talking to the facility about this so that they can launch an investigation. You can also talk to the patient about what they are going through. Sometimes an elderly person experiencing such neglect or abuse will tell someone they trust about what is going on.

If you are not getting straight answers from the facility or your concerns are being brushed off, and you do suspect that there is neglect or abuse is happening, find out for sure by answering the questions in this questionnaire. If neglect and/or abuse are indicated, your loved one might be eligible for compensation.

Don’t delay and find out today. Every claim for medical malpractice comes with a statute of limitations that runs out. Find out if your loved one is entitled to compensation for elder neglect by answering these questionnaire and get the result of your answers in a minute.

 

When you place your parents or grandparents in a nursing home, you expect that they will be taken care of by the people who work there. You are, after all, paying for their care while you earn a living. Even when elders are taken care of at home by a caregiver, these people are tasked with the care of these senior citizens.

Sometimes, it is not easy to tell if an elder is suffering from neglect or abuse at the hands of the people who are supposed to be taking care of them. One way to ensure that caregivers do take proper care of an elderly person in their care is to install a camera in the home or room that they are in. Doing this will help you find out for sure if they are indeed being treated the right way or are being maltreated.

If the person is in a nursing home or other similar facility however, you cannot guarantee that they are getting the kind of care you expect or that they are not being mistreated when backs are turned. Some elderly patients don’t report abuse and negligence for fear of repercussions from the same people who are tasked to care for them. This is when you will need to look at the signs in order to determine if a person in the care of a nursing home or caregiver is suffering from elder neglect or abuse.

Signs That Point to Elder Abuse and Neglect

If you cannot get a camera placed in the room or home of your parent’s or grandparent’s, you might want to check for signs that point to either neglect or abuse. Here are some signs that may just indicate that abuse or neglect is happening without you knowing it:

  • Weight loss for no particular reason – If an elderly person seems to be losing weight for no particular reason (an illness that makes them lose weight or some similar reason), this sudden and drastic weight loss can indicate that there is something wrong.
  • Agitation and violence – When a patient acts agitated and violent towards the people who care for them or towards anyone who approaches them (even you) it might indicate that they have developed distrust towards other people due to the treatment they are getting.
  • Withdrawn and unresponsive – Elderly individuals who seem to withdraw when people visit them or are unresponsive to those who they used to enjoy having around may be suffering from mistreatment.
  • Depressed and confused – A change in demeanor can also indicate that an elderly individual may be suffering from abuse or neglect at the hand of their caregiver.
  • Unexplained insomnia – When a patient at a nursing home or assisted living facility shows signs of being unable to sleep, such as dark circles under their eyes, they may also be suffering from elder neglect.
  • Unexplained scars, bruises, and/or burns – These are the most telltale signs of abuse and are usually inflicted in areas that are not easily visible. In order for you to see if these are present, try to check in places that are not readily seen, like under their clothes.
  • Messy, unkempt, and dirty – When a patient looks messy, smells like they have not taken a bath in days, and has unkempt hair, they may be a victim of neglect.

 

What To Do If You Suspect a Loved-One is a Victim of Abuse or Neglect

There are many different kinds of elder abuse and neglect. It can be that an elderly person is being physically abused by their caregiver. It can also be that they are being exploited financially by the person who is taking care of them. Abuse or neglect can also come in the form of sexual exploitation, emotional abuse, and general neglect where the basic needs of the person is not being provided.

Whatever the case may be, if you suspect that an elder member of your family is being neglected or abused, you will need to ask for help. If you see the signs of neglect or abuse, you can try talking to the facility about this so that they can launch an investigation. You can also talk to the patient about what they are going through. Sometimes an elderly person experiencing such neglect or abuse will tell someone they trust about what is going on.

If you are not getting straight answers from the facility or your concerns are being brushed off, and you do suspect that there is neglect or abuse is happening, find out for sure by answering the questions in this questionnaire. If neglect and/or abuse are indicated, your loved one might be eligible for compensation.

Don’t delay and find out today. Every claim for medical malpractice comes with a statute of limitations that runs out. Find out if your loved one is entitled to compensation for elder neglect by answering these questionnaire and get the result of your answers in a minute.

 

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