The holiday season is an especially dangerous time for nursing home residents. Staff are overworked, facilities are understaffed, and families are traveling and visitation schedules may change. Because of all of these changes and uncertainties, nursing home abuse that occurs during the holidays may go unnoticed. Make sure you talk to your loved one on a regular basis but don’t assume that they will inform you of the abuse.
"Government reports have found that nearly 30% of all nursing homes in the United States have been cited for abuse."
Check on Missouri Nursing Home Abuse During the Holidays
Many elderly individuals may be afraid or ashamed to speak out about the abuse. Residents who are suffering from debilitating diseases may find themselves incapable of speaking out entirely. Make sure that you vary the days and times that you visit, and make a surprise visit so you can see your loved one’s condition when the facility is not expecting you. It is especially important that you conduct these visits during the holidays, so staff members know someone will come to see your loved one.
- Bruises that are unexplained
- Fingerprints or hand marks on the body
- Bed sores
- Broken glasses
- Signs of fear or worry
- Inadequate personal grooming
While there is no definitive list of symptoms that reveal abuse, it's important to remain vigilant. Government reports have found that nearly 30% of all nursing homes in the United States have been cited for abuse.