I have been reading for years about how the elderly often are abused by their caregivers in nursing homes. Now, I have to put my mother into a nursing home, and I’m a wreck! How can I make sure that she is not victimized?

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I understand your anxiety, but just remember: not all nursing home caregivers abuse residents. Many are kind, loving individuals who sincerely care about the people for whom they are responsible.

The best thing you can do for your mother is to stay vigilant. Specifically, here are some recommendations:

  • Watch for clues that may indicate abuse or neglect, such as bruises, bedsores, dirty sheets or clothing, use of restraints, or behavioral changes in your mother.
  • Keep track of your mother’s medications to make sure that she is not being overmedicated.
  • If your mother is able to understand, get her permission to look over bank and credit card statements for suspicious activity.
  • Call your mother frequently, and visit her as often as you are able.
  • Keep in touch with the nursing staff. Get to know them, and let them know that you are involved in your mother’s care and affairs.
  • Talk to other people who visit your mother. Get their feedback: observations of your mother’s behavior, attitudes of the staff toward her, and anything that bothered the visitor while he or she was there.

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