Elder Abuse/ Neglect
During the quarantine, some individuals may have loved ones who are in nursing facilities, or have been admitted to the hospital due to Covid-19 or another ailment. Due to the current times, it is very difficult or near impossible to visit your love one to help reduce the possibility of spreading Covid-19. The only option one may have is to call everyday, video chat, and some are even able to walk by their loved ones room window.
But how do you know your loved one is being properly taken care of? In some instances there are cases of elder abuse or neglect being practiced at nursing homes and there are ways to help identify if it is happening to your loved one.
There are several signs of abuse to the elderly that may aid you in uncovering what is happening to your loved ones. Knowing what these warning signs are incredibly important for the health and safety of your loved one. www.nursinghomeabusecenter.com
- Not being able to reach staff on the phone
- Not receiving progress updates from loved ones medical team
- Hearing belittling or threatening behavior from caregiver (while on the phone with your loved one)
- Hearing changes in your loved ones attitude (sounds depressed, or scared during calls, sounding more guarded in conversation)
- Your loved one having a change in speech pattern (being able to speak one day to not being able to speak at all)
You may read more on elder abuse at: https://www.nursinghomeabusecenter.com/nursing-home-abuse/signs/
What Can you do?
- If you believe a senior is in immediate danger, dial 911
- Contact Adult Protective Services (APS) https://ncea.acl.gov/Resources/State.aspx
- Hire an attorney
- Report Nurses or Facility to the Board of Nursing for your state
- Contact your local Ombudsman https://theconsumervoice.org/get_help
- Find a way to remove your loved one from the nursing facility or if they are at home find a new caretaker