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How can I protect my parent from nursing home abuse?

Nursing home staff are health care professionals that many adult children rely on to care for their parents when they cannot. These individuals have the knowledge, skill and resources necessary to provide seniors with the quality of life they deserve as they succumb to some of the effects of old age. 

When you moved your parent into one of the best nursing homes in the Long Beach area that you could find, you did so under the assumption that they would receive the care and support they required to live their lives. When caregivers and nursing home staff do not perform their duties in the right capacity, it is the residents and their relatives who suffer the most. 

Now that you seem to be more aware of how often nursing home abuse occurs, you cannot help but feel concerned about your parent’s safety. Take some time to review the following ways you can protect your parent from becoming a victim of nursing home abuse. 

Visit them frequently 

Make time to visit your parent as often as possible. Do not wait for them to invite you to their nursing home for company. Take it upon yourself to check up on them. Not all seniors feel comfortable worrying their grown children about their experiences in their nursing homes. Sometimes they may feel uncomfortable saying anything or they may feel threatened. Visiting your parent often gives you the opportunity to see for yourself if they are in good physical and mental health or being abused by nursing home staff

Talk to them 

Ask your parent questions about how they like their home. Pay attention to the words they say and how they say them. Do not forget to monitor their body language. If your parent sounds odd or is exhibiting weird and unusual behaviors, you should investigate to find out why. Ask them, their roommates and the nursing home staff for more information to help you assess how well or poorly your loved one is being cared for. 

Seniors are susceptible to physical and psychological injuries when they live in nursing homes. If you ever notice your parent has broken bones, bruises, abrasions, lacerations, is unkempt and appears to be confused, aggressive or fearful, you should report your findings to the administrator of the facility and police. You should also speak to an attorney for guidance on the matter.

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