Getting your elderly loved one nursing home care means that you want them to stay safe and enjoy their old age. However, there could be signs of abuse that you do not recognize after they get settled in.
In order to protect them, you can learn more about nursing home abuse and how to tell if your loved one is in danger.
Fearful or withdrawn behaviors
According to the National Institute on Aging, the actions of older people who seem to keep quiet around staff members or appear intimidated by them can be a hidden sign that something is wrong. Residents could also startle easily at loud noises or someone talking. This change in attitude and personality could signal that your loved one faces verbal or physical abuse when you are not there.
Odd marks or cuts
If you notice strange bruises along the arms of your relative or see cuts that they are trying to hide, these could come from a staff member. When asked, your loved one may say that they happened when they fell down. However, this could be a way to cover up for staff members who grab or shove them.
When looking around, you may notice that your loved one’s glasses or other necessary personal items sit there unfixed. If the staff does not replace or help them fix these, it could be because the staff broke them in the first place.
Staying aware and vigilant about nursing home abuse is important when an older person is relying on you to help them or protect them.