Moving your loved one to a nursing home likely means that you expect them to be cared for in many different respects. Not only are they meant to receive medical care, but the community lifestyle should be an aspect of their emotional care as well. However, it’s all too common for caretakers to ignore this responsibility.

Some residents stay in their rooms for days on end without having the option to move around, go outside or even go to community areas to interact with other residents.

Sedentary lifestyles are unhealthy for anyone, but they can be especially harmful to aging adults who already experience health issues. Though some elderly people are unable to move around much, caretakers should encourage it when possible. Here are some of the potential consequences that adults experiencing this type of neglect may face:

  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Vulnerability to abuse
  • Irritability
  • Personality changes
  • Deteriorating health and worsening physical conditions
  • Weakened muscles
  • Decreased mobility
  • Bed sores
  • Worsening current medical issues

Social and emotional neglect from nursing home staff can quickly become medical neglect as health deteriorates due to a lack of mobility. Residents who do not have the option to leave their room, interact with others and exercise are at risk for even more issues.

If you suspect that your loved one is not receiving the emotional, social and medical attention that they need, speak up. Talk to the care takers and nursing home staff. Then, talk to an attorney and report neglect and abuse to law enforcement as necessary.