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How to Keep a Parent Safe While in a Nursing Home

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2021 | Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

As parents age, it may be harder for them to take care of themselves. While you may have the desire to provide for your mother or father’s needs, it isn’t always practical to do so. Therefore, it may be necessary to place your elderly family member in a Florida nursing care facility.

How can you make sure that your parent is safe?

Ideally, you wouldn’t have to worry about your parent’s safety while in a facility that is supposed to be staffed by trained professionals. Unfortunately, the truth is that nursing home abuse is not uncommon. However, you can keep your family member safe by making announced visits on a frequent basis. This minimizes the risk that the facility will hide evidence or take other steps to hide their misdeeds before you arrive.

It is also in your best interest to keep your eyes open for signs of physical abuse such as scars, bruises, or sores. If your parent seems withdrawn, it may be a response to emotional abuse or other types of elder law violations. Regardless of your parent’s mental state, you should take any abuse claims that they take seriously.

Take action as soon as possible

If you have reason to believe that your parent is in danger, you should get them to safety as soon as possible. This may mean that your parent has to live with you for a few days or weeks. However, it may also be possible to transfer your loved one to another facility or otherwise make arrangements for an outside party to care for them.

If a loved one has been subject to elder abuse, it may be possible to obtain compensation on behalf of their behalf. Furthermore, a nursing facility may move to terminate workers who are engaging in illegal activity. This may help to prevent further instances of abuse there.

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