If your loved one lives in a nursing home, you may be wary of the possibility of abuse or neglect. You make sure to check him or her for signs of abuse, including unexplained bruises or pain, and you’re always on guard for signs of neglect like weight loss or sudden deterioration in health.
While it’s essential to be an active participant and watchdog for your loved one’s care in a nursing home, it’s important to remember that abuse and neglect can be subtle and difficult to notice if you don’t know what to look for.
Forms of abuse and neglect that can be difficult for even trained eyes to detect include:
- Psychological abuse—Threats, intimidation, and insults are common forms of verbal and psychological abuse, but patients’ families may be unaware that their loved ones are experiencing them unless the residents themselves speak up. Be sure to speak with your loved one privately about his or her care and treatment from staff members, and be on the lookout for signs of depression and anxiety—especially when caregivers are around.
- Isolation—Living in a nursing home can be lonely, even for residents who receive regular visits. Scheduled activities and opportunities for socialization can help residents feel more relaxed and like they’re part of a community, but some residents are denied basic human interaction. If possible, schedule visits during activities to make sure your loved one is allowed to participate.
At Stewart & Stewart, we know how difficult it can be to detect all forms of abuse and neglect in nursing home residents.
If you suspect that your loved one isn’t being treated the way he or she deserves, get in touch with our Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers for a free consultation. We’ll fight to help you and your loved one get the compensation you deserve.