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Regular family visits are crucial in detecting abuse

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2024 | Nursing Home Abuse

Your loved ones deserve comfort and security in their golden years. Especially when they reside in nursing homes, regular visits are more than just catching up and sharing stories. They are a chance to show them that you still cherish them and, more importantly, a tool for safeguarding their well-being.

California has strong laws to protect older residents in care facilities. Unfortunately, while most facilities provide excellent care, nursing home abuse still occurs, often hidden. This makes staying connected with loved ones even more crucial.

How regular visits help detect abuse

Spending quality time with your loved one allows you to observe their behavior and physical condition. Signs of abuse typically include:

  • Physical signs: Are there unexplained bruises, cuts or bedsores? These could indicate physical abuse, neglect or improper use of restraints.
  • Behavioral changes: For signs of emotional or psychological abuse, pay attention to changes in mood, such as withdrawal, depression or anxiety.
  • Changes in appearance: Is your loved one unkempt, dehydrated or malnourished? This could mean neglect or financial exploitation.
  • Medical concerns: Ask about medication management and ensure they receive the correct dosage.

Plan your visits to make the most of them. This allows for private conversations where you can ask your loved one open-ended questions. Are there inconsistencies in their responses with what you know about their usual routine or preferences? If you suspect abuse, take immediate action.

Legal ways to protect your loved ones

Start by keeping detailed notes of your observations, including dates, times and any witnessed behavior. Take photos of injuries, if possible. Then, call an elder abuse attorney to discuss your legal options and make sure your loved one’s rights are protected.