While you might adore your elderly parent or grandparent, you might not have the skills or time to give them the attention they need. It’s a tough choice, but sometimes, nursing homes are necessary. You’ll need a place where they’ll get the full care they deserve.
Unfortunately, that’s not so easy to find. When looking for the right nursing home for your loved one, make sure you seek out one that will give your loved one the care they need.
A Staff That Cares
First, you’ll need to look at the quality of the staff before you settle on a nursing home. Sadly, many of the nurses and assistants don’t have the same level of concern for your loved one’s health. That means that cases of mistreatment and abuse are common, and more people are stepping forward to say that the staff neglected their loved ones.
So, when you’re visiting potential locations, don’t talk only to the staff. If you’re able, make sure that the residents look happy and healthy. Signs of neglect, like bedsores or soiled clothing, should be major red flags. If you don’t check for these, it could seriously hurt your loved one.
Safety is Vital
Worse, the staff may not only be neglectful. In some cases, the staff may be violent or abusive. Sadly, many elderly people suffer verbal, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse at the hands of their caretakers. You don’t want this for your own loved one, so make sure you know that the staff really cares.
Again, it’s best to also speak with other family members or residents. They may show signs of abuse or may speak about their treatment. Some of these signs may be visible, like bruises and broken bones, while others are mental or emotional. For example, they may seem afraid of their caretakers, or their demeanor may change when one of the nurses approaches.
Keep in mind that not everyone is so focused on your loved one’s care. Seek out help if you believe there are instances of abuse going on when they should be cared for.
Making Sure Your Loved One is Cared For
Unfortunately, your loved one may have already suffered abuse at the hands of a caretaker. While their nursing home may have seemed perfect at the time, the nurses and assistants can do serious harm to their residents. If you don’t fight back, they …