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Is an elderly loved one's depression normal?

You have seen your loved one's mood change as they grow older. They used to be so happy and upbeat. It slowly started to fade. Now, it seems like they're depressed all the time. In fact, it seems like more than just feeling down about changing circumstances -- a loss of freedom when they moved into a nursing home, for instance -- and it may even be clinical depression.

Issues with caregivers that may lead to neglect

Caregivers neglect the elderly for many reasons, whether they are in-home caregivers or workers at a nursing home or assisted living facility. As a family member, you really need to be aware of some of the risks, as neglect can be just as bad as abuse. The injuries or negative impacts may not be intentional, but that does not mean they don't exist. The elderly deserve a higher quality of care.

What the nursing home may be hiding from you

When your loved one moves into a nursing home, the staff probably gives you a tour that makes it look like the residents will love it in the home. And perhaps they will. But if you are trying to look for signs of neglect and red flags, it's important to keep in mind that the nursing home staff may not tell you everything.

Bedsores and infection: Potentially life-threatening

When you think about bedsores, you might think of some minor inflammation or small ulcers from friction or sitting in the same place too long. The reality can be much darker. When a person is unable to move to relieve pressure from an area of the skin, they can develop ulcers. Those ulcers are a result of the blood supply being cut off to that area of the skin for two to three hours. After that, the skin begins to die.

Why is elder neglect so hard to recognize?

Elder neglect can involve many different people, from those who are related to the elders to those hired to take care of them. It can be hard to identify neglect, especially if your loved one is trying to hide that they're being victimized. It is important that you do your best to monitor any caregiving situation and to provide the elderly person with the opportunity to give feedback on their care.

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