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Posted by Monica on Jun 28, 2015

Most Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

It can be one of the hardest decisions to make: to have to put a beloved relative into a nursing home. However, with the kind of financial situation that an average American household has and the kind of lifestyle most working adults with families have, sometimes a nursing home is the best option an elderly person. After all, it is in a nursing home where your loved ones can be properly taken care of with all the attention that they medically and emotionally require.

However, when you are checking in your relative into a nursing home, there are some things that you might want to watch out for.

Each elderly person in a nursing home has his or her own rights that need to be upheld. There is a certain standard of care that a nursing home needs to abide by in order to continue their practice. For example, each individual patient must have individualized care. After all, not every elderly person will have the same exact bodily conditions as someone else and they will need their own specific kind of care and the nursing home in question needs to be able to provide not only appropriate facilities for that care but also staff who are learned in the ways of caring for elderly folk.

Some common signs of abuse in nursing homes that you can spot are in the reactions of the patients within the nursing home. Do they seem strangely quiet and submissive to commands from the people who are supposed to be taking care of them? Do they flinch or cringe at physical contact, when they hadn’t done this before they were admitted? These could be signs of abuse in a nursing home.

Another sign is if there is a particular place in the facilities that is prohibited from public view due to reasons that have been unexplained. This could mean that there are operations within the walls that are not known to public scrutiny due and this has the potential to be a dangerous secret within the home. There are many signs of abuse but one of the many ways to tell is to ask the patients themselves about their treatment and gauge at their reactions.

It is important to make sure that your loved ones are cared for when you are unable to care for them.

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