When our elderly loved ones find themselves in need of constant medical care, the only possible solution may be to move them into a nursing home. After all, many of us do not have the skills or time needed to provide the care our aging family members need. Around-the-clock care, special dietary needs, and medical assistance are beyond the scope of experience for many with aging loved ones.
When the time comes, the decision to move an elderly family member to a nursing home may be accompanied by concerns about physical abuse and neglect in Louisville nursing homes. One thing we may not think about is the effect of loneliness on the elderly. We should, however, because numerous studies have found a significant correlation between social isolation and loneliness, and increased health problems in the elderly. Social interaction plays a key role in overall mental and physical health—especially for seniors in a Kentucky nursing home. Following are some questions to ask nursing about social interaction among residents:
- Does this nursing home have an activities coordinator for the residents? If so, what kinds of regular activities are offered and how many residents participate?
- To what extent do staff members encourage or assist residents to get involved in these social activities?
- Does this nursing home offer opportunities for group exercise—either at the nursing home or at outside facilities?
- Does this nursing home provide religious services for the residents? Some studies have found that senior citizens who attend weekly religious services tend to live longer than those who do not.
- Does this nursing home participate in any volunteer programs, either providing volunteer opportunities for those residents capable of participating, or in an attempt to encourage others within the community to volunteer within the nursing home setting?
Nursing home abuse is a terrible thing and many elderly residents have little defense against physical or emotional abuse or neglect. Loneliness and depression are clear signs that could indicate nursing home neglect is occurring. If you notice these signs, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced Louisville nursing home abuse attorney. The skilled attorneys at Gray & White have a history of success fighting for the rights of Louisville nursing home abuse victims and they may be able to help you obtain justice for your loved one. Fill out our online contact form or call a Louisville personal injury attorney today at 888-450-4456 to schedule your free consultation.