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How to tell if an elderly loved one is dehydrated

Neglect takes many forms in assisted living facilities. It could lead to physical injuries when the person does not get the assistance they need when walking or showering, for example. It could lead to bedsores when the person does not get moved or rotated often enough.

However, cases of neglect are not always this obvious. Neglecting to give a resident enough food and water can cause serious harm and may even be fatal. It is important for family members to know what signs to watch out for, so let's take a look at some of the symptoms of dehydration:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Urinating infrequently
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Crying without tears
  • Sunken facial features
  • Irritability
  • Listlessness

Assisted Living: Is there a doctor in the house?

Perhaps your mother is having cognitive issues and is ready to trade independent living for assisted living.

This sounds like a good idea, but is this the right move? Do you know the difference between assisted living, continuing care and a nursing home? Will your loved one have the care she needs?

Assisted-living abuse does happen and must be reported

Assisted living facilities are ideal for many older adults, as they protect some of the independence they want while still providing some care that they need. Assisted living facilities operate in a few ways, depending on which type you choose. Some offer around-the-clock care in a private apartment or residency, while others have nurses who help only with certain tasks throughout the day or on days they're needed.

Most assisted-living abuse is physical, sexual or psychological. Sometimes, it can be financial as well. In each case, the resident has the opportunity to speak out about the abuse, but only if they have someone they can turn to for assistance. For this reason, it is important to make regular visits to a loved one's assisted-living home, so you can discuss their care and if they have any concerns.

What is hybrid financial exploitation?

Are you worried that your loved one may be experiencing financial abuse in an assisted living center? This is more common than a lot of people realize, and it's important to act quickly if you think it is occurring.

One important thing to note is that your loved one could be a victim of hybrid financial exploitation. This is the term used when financial abuse or exploitation is combined with things like nursing home neglect or direct physical abuse.

Your loved one deserves respect and care in a nursing home

Nursing home abuse is a real problem that should be discussed more often than it is in today's society. Too often, people think about nursing homes as a place where they can "store" the elderly and where they don't have to worry about their care.

The reality is that a nursing home is just another location for your loved one to live. There are no guarantees that they'll be safe there, even if they are supposed to be provided for. It's still your responsibility to make sure you review your loved one's care and be certain that they aren't taken advantage of or mistreated.

Positive interactions are a must in a nursing home

The nursing home staff is not just there to hand out medicine and respond to emergencies. Their jobs go beyond strict medical care.

When considering things like nursing home neglect, it's easy to see cases of neglect where people do not get the treatment and care that they need. However, it's important to remember that neglect can also mean simply cutting someone off from human socialization and refusing to give them the positive interactions that help them thrive. The staff has to be ready and willing to engage with the residents.

Before choosing a nursing home, research emergency plans

Perhaps you are in the process of choosing a nursing home for your elderly mother who is no longer mobile and must use a wheelchair. It is a good idea to find out how a nursing home staff handles wheelchair patients and how they treat bed sores, infections and other health issues. It is also a good idea to learn about the emergency plan the nursing home has in place.

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Elder neglect is a leading cause of injury and death

You may already be aware that elder neglect is a problem that is faced by many people as they age. Self-neglect is one of the leading causes of injuries in the elderly community. As a result, many families and elderly people turn to nursing homes, assisted-care facilities and home helpers to help them take better care of themselves or their loved ones.

When people age, they sometimes have an inability to perform essential self-care, like taking a bath, brushing their teeth, reaching the restroom or performing essential chores around the home.

Elderly abuse: Questions to ask your relatives in nursing homes

Victims of neglect and abuse at assisted living facilities are often shy to speak up about their experiences. They may be worried that their abusers will make their lives even more difficult if they talk about what's happening. They might even be afraid or embarrassed to tell their own families about the nursing home abuse.

This is why we need to support our relatives and loved ones to speak up -- and to know that we're available to help them whenever they need it. Here are some questions to ask your loved one from time to time if they're living in a nursing facility:

  • Does anyone here refuse to take you to the bathroom?
  • Does anyone here avoid giving you food, medicine or other necessities?
  • Does anyone here isolate you alone in your room when you want to enjoy visiting other people?
  • Does anyone here restrain you or tie you up?
  • Does anyone here touch you in inappropriate ways?
  • Does anyone here call you names or humiliate you?
  • Does anyone here threaten or scold you?
  • Does anyone here scare you?
  • Does anyone here hurt you?
  • Does anyone here refuse to take you to help you when you need it?

Use these tips to spot elder abuse

Elder abuse is a widespread problem. According to the CDC, approximately 10 percent of people age 60 and older experience abuse, neglect or exploitation. If you have an elderly parent, you may have concerns about his or her safety and overall wellbeing. Whether your parent lives at home, in an assisted living facility or a nursing home, he or she may be at risk of abuse. 

Thankfully, there are some simple ways you can prevent and combat elder abuse. Here is how to ensure your loved one is safe.

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