When the time comes for our aging loved ones to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility, we are faced with the difficult task of finding just the right place. We speak with neighbors and friends, ask for professional recommendations, and tour the different facilities. Even after the most careful search, unforeseen problems can arise.
Most nursing homes and assisted living facilities provide safe, caring environments, staffed by hard-working professionals. Sometimes, however, problems arise. Elder abuse is a disturbingly-common problem across the country. The law protects the safety and dignity of the elderly in these facilities, but to enforce these laws the authorities need to know there is abuse taking place
If you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, keep a watchful eye on these 7 warning signs during your visit:
- Sudden weight loss or dehydration
- Bruises, burns, and other unexplained injuries
- Use of restraints
- Staff inattention
- Unsanitary/unsafe conditions
- Financial issues
If you suspect that a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse contact our office immediately at 1-800-669-4878.