According to the National Institute on Aging, five million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults, and it is both irreversible and progressive. Memory, reasoning, and thinking skills may all be impacted by this brain disorder, and significant behavior changes may occur. Many families are forced to make the difficult decision to place their loved ones live in nursing homes so they can be cared for and safe.
Unfortunately, Not All Nursing Homes Are Safe for Alzheimer’s Patients
While many nursing homes provide the skilled care that people with Alzheimer’s disease need to live with dignity, nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease may be victims of abuse because their memory loss and communication difficulties make them inaccurate reporters. Thus, nursing home staff may take advantage of these residents because they expect that the abuse or neglect will never be discovered.
It Shouldn’t Be That Way! Recognize the Signs That Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s Is Being Abused in a Nursing Home
It can be scary to leave your parent or other loved one with Alzheimer’s disease in the care of others. Thus, it is important to recognize symptoms of abuse or neglect such as:
- Changes in behavior, such as agitation or aggression, which are unexplained by a medical doctor.
- Changes in health that are unexplained by a medical doctor.
- Physical evidence of abuse or neglect, such as bruises, burns, bedsores, malnutrition, or dehydration.
Thus, you may be able to investigate or report what happened even if your loved one can’t do it.
What to Do If You Think Your Loved One Is Being Abused
If your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect, then we encourage you to take action. Any symptom of concern should promptly be brought to the attention of a doctor you trust. Get your loved one the medical treatment she needs and the safe living arrangement she deserves.
Next, consider taking legal action so that your family member can be compensated for her suffering and so that future incidents of abuse or neglect maybe prevented. Start a live chat with us today to find out more about what you can do.