Elder abuse is a usually a willful act where someone is trying to harm your loved one. Whether that's a caregiver or a doctor, if you suspect or learn that someone has hurt someone you love, it is hurtful to you, too.
The elderly are fairly vulnerable when they are getting assistance from caregivers. They depend on these people. The unfortunate reality is that caregivers may attempt to take advantage of the situation for their own financial gain. It's important to know what signs to look for and what scams tend to target the elderly.
To understand elder neglect, you need to know what it is. Neglect is not usually intentional, but it can be. It's a form of mistreatment that usually results from disregard for the needs of the elderly or because of carelessness. Elders who face neglect could be put into life-threatening situations as a result of not receiving the care they need.
The best way for families to ensure their loved ones are receiving the proper care as nursing home residents is to visit them often.
When you go visit your loved one in their nursing home, it does not take long to see that they're not happy. What you don't know is why. They won't or can't tell you. That can be an issue when the elderly have degenerative brain diseases and similar disorders. Therefore, you have to figure it out on your own.
In an assisted living facility, there are sometimes special steps that can be taken to protect your loved one. The assisted living facility is typically designed to make sure your loved one gets the appropriate help throughout the day as and when it's needed. For example, your mom or dad might need help getting dressed in the morning because of a limited range of motion but be able to cook and get around by themselves. An assisted-living facility would then send an aide or nurse to help, so that your mom or dad could get dressed and continue on with their day.
As your parent ages, you may need to start looking at assisted living facilities. Transitioning mom or dad into an assisted living situation can be tricky. But, of course, you will try your best to choose one that will provide the best care and support for your loved one.
Social interaction is something that we all crave, although some enjoy it more than others. Over the course of human history, being accepted as part of a group has helped people thrive, and we all subconsciously want that type of acceptance and interaction.
You want your loved one to receive the best possible care anytime they need assistance. This includes when they have to move into assisted living or a nursing home. They're not capable of doing everything for themselves any longer, so you expect those you pay for their care to provide it happily.
One of the biggest concerns for the elderly is dehydration. It seems so simple, but those who depend on caregivers for food and water can quickly find themselves malnourished and dehydrated if they get neglected or forgotten. Hydration mistakes can make someone sick, detract from their quality of life and even prove deadly.
In an assisted-living facility, residents often don't need as much help as those in nursing homes. That doesn't mean that they don't require some assistance from time to time or that the staff can slack off when caring for the elders in their facility.
Nursing homes play an invaluable role in today’s society. If you have an aging loved one in your family, you may need to rely on a nursing home to provide wide-ranging health care. Of course, not all nursing homes provide a safe and healthy environment. In fact, nursing home abuse is not exactly rare in the Sunshine State.