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Understanding the early stages of a pressure sore

Pressure sores, which are often known as bedsores, are one potential sign of elder neglect. They happen when an elderly person who cannot move well on their own is left lying in the exact same position for too long. The pressure points against even a soft mattress can lead to serious physical distress. In the worst cases, these sores become extensive, get infected and could even have fatal complications.

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.

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