Do you have a family member in a nursing home? Maybe it’s your mother or father or a grandparent; maybe a favorite aunt or uncle. You took great care to ensure that your loved one was placed in the best facility you could afford and insurance would cover. But on your recent visit, your mom didn’t look so good. Her hair wasn’t clean and she had bruises on her arms. Or perhaps your granddad was groggy and slept through the whole visit.
You spoke with the nurses and management and they said the bruises are natural because your mom is so frail, and you grandfather was drowsy due to his meds. These explanations sound feasible, after all the home was highly recommended and had a solid reputation.
Don’t discount your gut feelings there may be something wrong with how your relative is being treated. Abuse of the infirm and elderly is on the rise, and nursing homes are not exempt from abusive treatment of their residents. More than 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported every year, and nearly 1 of every 10 elderly individuals will experience elder abuse. The overwhelming majority of abuse incidents are not reported.