AARP Tips on Keeping Aging Parents from Experiencing Nursing Home Neglect
Are the constant news reports on nursing home neglect keeping you up at night, worrying over a loved one? The St. Louis nursing home neglect attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to be aware of the warning signs…
Signs of Potential Nursing Home Neglect
The AARP points to these as major signs of poor care:
– Stiff Muscles
– Physical and Chemical Restraints (Drugs)
– Dehydration and Malnutrition
How Can You Prevent Such Treatment?
Thoroughly research nursing facilities BEFORE relocating your loved one. Personally visit the facility before, and often after moving your family member in. Get to know the staff, cementing your role as patient advocate.
Serious abuse should be immediately reported to the toll-free Missouri elder abuse hotline. Raise your concerns at an upcoming care-planning/family-council meeting. If not adequately addressed by the staff, go to a supervisor with incident time(s) and specifics.
If employee retaliation is a concern, make this known to supervisors at this time. File a written complaint to start the formal grievance process if their response is inadequate, informing the state DOH and long-term care ombudsman in your area. Because of the number of cases left uninvestigated, legal action may be in your interest.