As one individual gets older, they are supposed to live in safety, especially if they start to live in a nursing home. There are many reasons why seniors/ elders are put in such nursing homes – however, the most important is that their children want the best for them!
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Therefore, here’s how you can personally help prevent such abuse and keep our seniors/ elders safe!
Identifying the Most Vulnerable Seniors
To help prevent such abuse, you have to look for particular sings – and you can do so only if you know exactly where to look.
As such, the persons most at risk of nursing home abuse are those psychologically, emotionally, and physically frail or dependent on others. Others are:
- Socially isolated people.
- People with an illness or condition that affects their ability to communicate or their memory.
- Those that don’t have a good relationship with the one responsible for their care.
- Elders that provide emotional/financial support or housing to their carer.
- Lastly, those depending on a career that struggles with alcohol or drug problems.
Recognizing Nursing Home Abuse
There are several forms of nursing home abuse that can be easily noticed:
- Psychological – threats of harm, emotional abuse.
- Physical – pushing, hitting, kicking, medication misuse.
- Material/Financial – theft, fraud, or even coercion.
- Discriminatory – disability exploitation, racism, sexism.
Neglectful – this occurs when the carer doesn’t do what they’re supposed to do, for example, making sure that the elder is appropriately fed, clean, or warm.
All of those mentioned above come with essential evidence that can help you prove nursing home abuse:
- Unexplained fractures, wounds, bruising, or untreated injuries.
- Weight loss and poor hygiene.
- Unexplained changes in the elder’s material well-being and finances.
- Suspicious legal or financial documents – or even the disappearance of such documents.
- Fear and helplessness, as well as sudden changes in behavior.
How to Report and Prevent Abuse
Assault, theft, and fraud are considered criminal offenses and, therefore, have to be reported to the police, as well as to the health and social care trust. Last but not least, you can also report nursing home abuse to the Regulation of Quality Improvement Authority – RQIA.
Moreover, all of the country’s regions come with a Health and Social Care Trust that you can contact and report abuse to – Western, South Eastern, Southern, Northern, and Belfast Health and Social Care Trusts.
If you want to make a formal complaint about how an elder is treated/ abused in a nursing home, you must