Elderly abuse in assisted living facilities is an unfortunate reality, but there are some things you can do to help prevent this sort of thing from happening to your loved one. Do your research: check on the reviews, tour the facility, and talk to the residents/families. Check with the State Department of nursing for filed complaints. Next is easier said than done, which is to visit loved ones regularly. Let your loved ones know it is ok to tell you what is going on in their lives. Last, be aware. Look for signs of abuse both physically and emotionally as well as financially. It never hurts to take a quick sweep of the room and make sure all the loved one’s belongings are accounted for.
- Be sure to keep an eye out for sudden weight loss or isolation and withdrawing as these are signs of abuse.
- Dehydration and malnutrition are two tell-tale signs of elder abuse when it comes to physical symptoms.
- It is important that you immediately report any suspicions of abuse so that you can save the family members of others as well.
“If you’re aging family member is placed in an assisted living or nursing home, the first step to take to prevent abuse is to be proactive by checking on your loved one regularly.”
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