The last thing you want to consider when entrusting your loved one to a care facility is the possibility of that person facing abuse or neglect.
However, this is an issue in the industry that is impossible to ignore. You should know what red flags to keep an eye out for, so you can act quickly in accordance.
Changes in behavior
The National Institute on Aging discusses how to spot signs of elder abuse. First, keep an eye out for behavioral changes. Abuse or neglect does not always result in the obvious physical signs you may initially think of, like bruises.
Instead, you might notice a loved one behaving in a different way. They might suddenly seem more sullen or withdrawn, or they could become more agitated and easier to irritate. While mood swings are not uncommon in some elderly individuals, it could also indicate something upsetting to them has happened or is occurring.
Watching for bedsores
Keep an eye out for bedsores, too. These injuries – also known as pressure ulcers – often appear on residents in nursing homes. They sometimes occur for perfectly normal reasons, as they are the result of pressure on a body part over an extended period of time. Since many elderly residents are partially or even fully immobile, these injuries happen often.
However, nursing homes are supposed to have preventative measures to keep this sort of thing from happening. This includes regularly moving or turning over bed-bound or immobile residents. Thus, bedsores could potentially indicate that a resident is not being moved often enough.
These are just some of the signs that might indicate abuse or neglect, which you can then investigate more and potentially take action against.