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Common nursing home injuries to watch for

Long-term care facilities have a duty to keep their residents safe from harm. These individuals often need considerable assistance with daily life tasks. When they don't get the care they need, these residents might suffer harm. There are a few types of injuries that are more common than others, so focusing on these could help to make these facilities safer for the individuals who live in them.

Because many residents can't move well on their own, they are at risk of developing bedsores. These are pressure ulcers that come from remaining in the same position for a prolonged period. It is also possible that they will occur because of the shearing that occurs when residents are transferred in or out of bed or chairs.

Resident-to-resident elder mistreatment is a serious matter

When people hear about violence against nursing home residents, they often think about it being at the hands of the staff members. They don't think about the possibility of residents becoming violent toward each other. This is known as resident-to-resident elder mistreatment, or RREM.

Unfortunately, there isn't much research on RREM, which can make it difficult to understand. Without an understanding of it, long-term care facilities might not be as prepared to stop it from happening. This has a negative impact on everyone in the facility, including other residents.

Signs of negligence in long-term care facilities

Residents of nursing homes expect that they will receive proper care. There are times when this doesn't happen, so the loved ones of anyone who lives in a long-term care facility should watch for signs that neglect is occurring.

Many things will signal this, so you must remain vigilant when you visit. From the time you walk into the door until you leave, you might notice little things that show something is amiss.

What should you consider when choosing a nursing home?

Whether you saw it coming or it snuck up on you, it became abundantly clear that your parent could no longer take care of him- or herself. You may have tried taking care of your parent yourself, but your second realization was that you didn't have the skills needed to care for him or her.

Now, you face finding a nursing home that you believe will take care of your loved one the way you would. But, after hearing all of the negative stories about nursing homes, you may have some anxiety about making this choice.

Senior citizens must beware of financial scams and abuse

Senior citizens are sometimes seen as easy targets by scammers. The financial impacts of this are often considerable. All seniors need to remember some easy tips that can help them avoid becoming victims of identity theft or financial abuse.

First, make sure that you have any payments coming to you done via direct deposit. Not having checks coming in the mail can stop a good number of scams and problems. Some scammers use checks sent in the mail to gain access to your bank account information, so make sure that you only cash checks that you were expecting.

Tips to protect your parents from financial abuse

It’s a parent’s job to protect their children. They teach their kids how to be safe, make the right decisions and protect themselves from the harsh world around them. However, who protects the parents?

Eventually, it becomes the child’s responsibility to help their parents find a safe space for their retirement and allow them to age gracefully. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to complete that task.

Verbal abuse is just as harmful as physical abuse

People who work with elderly nursing home residents face many challenges. One of these is communicating with them. Some are hard of hearing, which could mean that staff members have to use a raised voice to communicate. This is understandable; however, there is a fine line between ensuring the person can hear them and yelling at the person in an abusive manner.

Abuse of nursing home residents isn't ever acceptable and must not continue because it can cause the person to have mental trauma and may lead to other impacts. Communication abuse isn't limited only to yelling.

Stop nursing home abuse and neglect immediately

Nursing home residents aren't in a care facility because they are able to care for themselves. They rely on the staff members to help with their daily needs, and they can suffer great harm if those workers don't provide them with the appropriate care.

It is important for relatives of residents to watch what is going on in the facility and make sure that their loved one's needs are met. Certain signs can indicate that a resident is being neglected or even abused. Trying to catch those incidents quickly so you can put a stop to them is a top priority. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Residents might be reluctant to speak up about what is going on. In some cases, they might not have the understanding or communication skills to relay the information, especially if they have dementia. They may also fear retaliation if they tell on a staff member.
  • There are different types of abuse and neglect. Falls and wandering may indicate a lack of supervision. Bedsores and urinary tract infections may indicate outright neglect. Unexplained bruises can mean physical abuse. Missing items or missing money can mean financial abuse. Even psychological or sexual abuse is possible, so watch for behavioral changes.

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Emotional abuse of nursing home residents

Nursing home residents are often at the mercy of the staff members who care for them. While seniors can have a great experience during their time in the facility, there is also a chance that they will fall victim to some form of abuse. Many people choose to focus on physical abuse, but there is another type that is just as horrific. This is psychological abuse, which is sometimes called emotional abuse.

The issue with this type of nursing home resident abuse is that the signs might not be as obvious as what occurs with physical abuse. You have to pay close attention to the behavior of your loved one if you are going to spot emotional abuse. Many of the symptoms that they might exhibit are also common with age-related conditions like dementia.

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