When your loved one lives in a nursing home or long-term residential facility, you hope they will receive the highest standard of care. Unfortunately, acts of abuse and neglect are all too common in nursing homes. In fact, one-third of all nursing homes in the U.S. have received a citation for abuse, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center.
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect, you will need to act quickly to protect against further acts.
Document any signs of abuse
You should keep detailed notes on any signs of abuse or neglect. Signs of mistreatment include:
- Cuts, bruises, bedsores and broken bones
- Shifts in personality or mood
- Significant weight changes
- Poor hygiene
- Fear of caregivers
- Depression or anxiety
Any unexpected or unexplained changes could be cause for concern.
Talk to management
Communicate your concerns to the management of the nursing home. They may be able to take prompt action to protect your loved one and prevent further abuse.
Make other care arrangements
If you are unsure about the safety of your elderly family member, you should make other arrangements for their care and housing.
Report the suspected abuse
You should report your suspicions to the appropriate state authorities to help ensure abuse or neglect does not happen to someone else. In Ohio, you can report suspected abuse to the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
Do not hesitate to take action if you suspect abuse or neglect. You should contact the police right away if your loved one or another resident is in immediate danger.