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What to do if your parent does not like his or her nursing home

When you help your parent move into a nursing home, you quickly realize the pros and cons of it. Your role changes significantly from closely monitoring your loved one every day to becoming an advocate for quality care. While nursing home staff may be taking over the core tasks of providing care, you still must be a voice to help make sure your loved one receives the proper treatment. 

Unfortunately, not all nursing home situations work out for the best. You may hear complaints from your parent that he or she is not happy or getting the necessary attention. If so, your loved one is not alone. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there were 2,433 nursing home complaints filed in 2015 in Florida. Here are some tips for handling these issues. 

How can you better determine if neglect or abuse took place?

Interventions are needed when the elderly are being neglected. No matter who it is, no one deserves to be treated as if they're worthless or not deserving of care. Elder neglect often starts slow, but when those who neglect or abuse others realize that no one will stop them, the abuse can become significant.

Around one out of every 10 elders experiences abuse or neglect by a caregiver each year. The sad thing is that most researchers agree that the number of people struggling with abuse is going to continue to grow.

The 4 main kinds of elder abuse

The elderly segment of the population is vulnerable to abuse, and unfortunately, they are often abused if the wrong kinds of people are caring for them. Often, the "abusers" will argue and fight the fact that they're committing this abuse, and go to great lengths to hide it. That's why -- if you suspect your loved one, relative or friend is being abused -- you need to be careful to keep an eye out for signs of the following types of abuse:

Physical abuse

Where does Florida rank in terms of elder protection?

A vast majority of nursing homes take great care of their residents. There are certainly plenty of retirement homes in Florida, and thousands of retirees flock to the state every year to enjoy the sunshine and coastline. However, there is still improvement these homes can make throughout the state to prevent elder abuse and neglect

Every state in the country has laws on the books to help prevent elder abuse, but it can still occur. A recent study occurred that examined which states had the best protections to prevent elder abuse and which states had the fewest protections. Massachusetts ranked the best while South Carolina was at the bottom of the list. Florida ranked in the middle in 22nd place. While Florida is by no means a bad place for people to retire, improvements are possible. That statement is true of every state in the nation. Therefore, it is critical for lawmakers to work harder to ensure senior citizens have the necessary protections. 

How surveillance cameras can help protect nursing home patients

Nursing home patients are vulnerable to abuse and neglect. They can't defend themselves against attacks. If they speak up, they run the risk of suffering even more mistreatment, abuse or neglect in retaliation. Therefore, many nursing home patients spend a long time suffering before the abuse and neglect gets dealt with. Sometimes, they have suffered serious injuries -- and potentially fatal health conditions -- before their stories get heard.

One way to combat nursing home abuse and neglect is through the use of video surveillance cameras installed in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Here are a few reasons why every nursing home should install a video surveillance system:

Dehydration can be a serious problem for nursing home residents

Dehydration is a real health concern for many elderly people. It can occur when people don't consume as much water as their bodies need to function properly, and can lead to serious and potentially fatal conditions.

Elderly people, even if they live at home, often don't drink enough for a number of reasons. As people get older, they don't get as thirsty as they used to. If they have mobility issues, going to the kitchen for a glass of water may not seem worth the effort. Those extra glasses of water mean more trips to the bathroom, which they'd rather avoid. Some medications and health conditions can also contribute to dehydration.

Do you suspect your close friend is suffering from elder neglect?

Imagine you have an older friend who is approaching the point health-wise of not being able to care for him or herself. You know that this individual has people around him or her who can provide care; nevertheless, you have a suspicion that your friend isn't getting the kind of care he or she requires. In fact, it seems like your friend is suffering from elder neglect.

Here's are the elder neglect signs you should look for:

3 signs of elder financial abuse

Many people naturally worry about elder abuse in nursing homes. Although physical abuse certainly occurs, loved ones of senior citizens need to also be aware of the dangers of financial abuse. 

New stories have come up over the years of nursing home employees funneling money out of retirees' accounts or stealing valuables. The American Association of Retired Persons has a list of symptoms to look out for and what actions you should take if you notice them in a loved one. 

Important questions to ask loved ones in assisted living

One of the toughest decisions in life is the decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility. Doing so doesn't mean that you are giving up on them or that you are a bad son or daughter. You are making this decision because it is in the best interest of your parent. The facility can provide them with around the clock care and monitoring that they require in order to remain safe.

But, what if your loved one is subjected to abuse? Would you know how to spot it? Here are questions you need to ask your loved on a regular basis:

Can my loved one sue after getting a bedsore?

Bedsores are dangerous medical conditions that could be caused by neglect in some cases. As such, if your loved one has developed a bedsore while staying in a nursing facility, you might want to investigate how the condition developed.

Here are a few points to consider while investigating your loved one's bedsore condition:

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