Preventing Abuse in Elder Care Communities: What You Need to Know
If a loved one is planning on making the transition to an elder care community in the near future, then, of course, you only want what’s best for him or her. Specifically, you want to help find a senior care community where your loved one will be treated well, taken care of, and respected. And while the vast majority of elder care facilities out there meet all of those criteria, the unfortunate fact remains that there are a few bad apples in the bunch.
As such, it’s in your best interest to be on the lookout for signs of potential elder abuse and neglect – not only while touring facilities with your loved one, but also after getting him or her moved in as well.
When Touring a Facility
As you prepare to tour a community, take some time to read reviews of it online; check the various databases out there where you can view formal complaints and other reports of neglect or abuse. This is a great way to start weeding out potential candidates before you even waste your time visiting for a tour.
Even if the community you’re looking at has excellent reviews, there are still some red flags to be on the lookout for yourself as you tour it in person. Potential warning signs of neglect or abuse may include:
- withdrawn, unhappy, or rude staff
- unhappy residents
- signs of malnourishment in residents
- poorly maintained facilities
Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse
After selecting an elder care facility and helping your loved one move in, there are some other signs of elder abuse to be on the lookout for as well. For example, if your loved one suddenly loses a great deal of weight inexplicably, this could be an indication of elderly abuse or neglect. When you’re visiting, be vigilant about observing whether there are any changes in your loved one’s temperament while staff members are in the room. And of course, any physical signs of abuse, such as bruises, bed sores, and lacerations should be reported immediately, particularly if your loved one doesn’t want to talk about how they happened.
Finding out that a loved one has been neglected or abused in an elder care facility can be a distressing experience, but it’s important to realize that you have options. Schedule your consultation and case review with the elder abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere by calling (800) 328-2630.