You may hear stories of nursing home abuse in Florida every day on the news. The thought of it hitting so close to home is hard to believe. You may think your elderly parent is safe from harm in a nursing home because she or he has not had anything bad to say. However, you should not wait for your loved one to draw your attention to the danger he or she may be in. There is always the possibility your parent is suffering at the hands of his or her caregiver.
Here are some reasons why you should observe your loved one for signs of nursing home abuse:
Intimidation and threats
It is not uncommon for abusive nursing home personnel to threaten and intimidate their patients into compliance. They may threaten to harm your parent physically and use tactics to affect them emotionally. Nursing home residents may feel as if their pain and suffering are going to become worse the moment they let on to what is going on. To keep you from finding out about it, they may resort to acting strangely, talking differently, deflecting your questions and changing the subject whenever you bring up the subject of their welfare.
Do not want to inconvenience anyone
Some seniors feel they are a burden to their loved ones. They understand the time and costs associated with caring for them during their golden years. Your parent may not say anything about abuse because she or he does not want to inconvenience you any more than your mom or dad feels he or she already is. No matter what kind of assisted-living facility or nursing home your parent is in or the type of assistance and care needed to enjoy a comfortable and safe life, you need to stress that health, happiness and well-being are top priorities. Parents should know they can come to you about anything no matter how major or trivial it may seem. You are there to help and support them.
Unable to recollect
Some nursing home staff use medications to chemically restrain and sedate their patients. This can make it hard for residents to recall abuse incidents and times when they do not receive the care and help they need. The use of medication to restrain your loved one can lead to health complications and death. Common signs your loved one is having an adverse reaction to medications include confusion, fatigue and the development of major health problems.
Along with visiting your parent frequently in the nursing home, you should pay attention to how your father or mother looks and acts. You should also closely monitor the physical appearances of the other residents and how the staff treats them.