If your loved one is placed in a nursing home facility; it is important that you take time and consider possible nursing home abuse. Most people don’t think about things like this and assume that their relatives are being offered with the right care and that they are being monitored by the staff.
Nursing homes are understaffed, and the employees overworked and stressed out offering a breeding ground for patient abuse. The first type of abuse common in the nursing homes is the physical abuse. Physical abuse involves assault or battery conducted by the public servant to the patient; usually, the employees have an emotional or mental problem, and they get it out on the patient. Physical abuse also involves unreasonable or unauthorized restraining. It can also include not feeding the patient or medicating them properly. Look out for any surfacing injuries that cannot be well explained by anyone and carry out an investigation on any reports of abuse directly from the patients.
Physical abuse is not the only way that patients in the nursing home facilities are abused; there is also the verbal abuse which can be devastating and harmful to the patient’s condition. Notice the actions of your loved ones when you visit them in the nursing home. If an outgoing person suddenly and noticeably becomes quiet and withdrawn, it might be an indicator that something is wrong on the part of the staff. Signs like the patient becoming unusually upset and frightened of people, they start behaving nervously, and want to be left alone in their room may all show some abuse. A a person who has been once caring and loving to their relatives suddenly turn mean and cruel indicating verbal abuse in the nursing home.
Neglect is also a form of abusive behavior by the staff in a nursing home. A patient in the nursing home requires certain things about their daily survival in the home like food, clean clothes, cleaning and grooming products, and help with personal hygiene. If the facility does not provide the patient with these items then this is neglect. Neglect can also take the form of exposure to unsafe or unpleasant facilities within the home.
Beware that there are many serious results that can occur from the nursing home abuse. It all depend on the level of the damage. It can be frightening and devastating to lose a resident under unexpected and neglectful circumstances. There are many incidences that have been reported of patients who were wandering outside being hit by a car or took a fall resulting in death or a serious injury. Watch your family member who is a resident of a nursing home for rapid, unexpected weight loss which is not consistent with any known sickness that the patient has.
For further reading/watching, please visit http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/17/health/nursing-home-sex-abuse/index.html .