When someone close to you moves to a nursing home, it’s possible that you are relieved of taking them to doctor’s appointments, picking up groceries for them or helping with other household chores. You still call and visit them whenever possible. But this arrangement works for everyone as it ensures there is care for your elderly friend or family member — even when you can’t be there to help.
Unfortunately, there are many elder abuse and neglect cases that happen in nursing home facilities across the world. In fact, 2 in 3 staff members at nursing homes and long-term care facilities admitted to committing abuse in 2017. And if this finding isn’t concerning enough, World Health Organization reports that it’s likely that many cases go unreported. Sadly, many elderly individuals don’t feel comfortable telling staff, police or their family about their situation. To make sure the elderly people in your life aren’t experiencing harm or living in unsafe conditions, it’s crucial that you check in with them and know the warning signs of abuse.
Here are four signals to look out for:
It’s possible that the bruise you notice on your friend or family member’s arm is from an innocent accident or that their shirt is dirty because they spilled their breakfast. But it doesn’t hurt to take a closer look. Too many vulnerable individuals face abuse and there are legal professionals that can help them receive justice.