The holiday season is an especially dangerous time for nursing home residents. Staff are overworked, facilities are under-staffed, 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 the resident will inform you of the abuse.
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 that you can see your loved one’s conditions when the facility is not expecting you. It is especially important that you conduct these visits during the holidays so that staff members know someone will come to see your loved one.
Symptoms of Abuse
Family members should pay attention to specific symptoms that may indicate that a resident is being abused. Symptoms of nursing home abuse can include:
- 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 reveals abuse but remain vigilant. Government reports have found that nearly 30 percent of all nursing homes in the United States have been cited for abuse.
Trusted Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Peterson & Associates, P.C. nursing home abuse lawyers will work with you and your family to ensure that the nursing home facility is not abusing your loved ones. If they are, we will take all appropriate legal steps to bring them to justice.
If you suspect that a loved one is being abused, please contact us.