If we had the time and skill, most of us would choose to give our loved ones the care they need rather than putting them in a nursing home. Unfortunately, most of us have numerous time commitments, including work and our spouses and children that prevent us from devoting all our energies to caring for a sick parent, uncle, or grandparent. And often these time commitments prevent us from visiting as much as we would like, so that not just the physical care, but the emotional relationships our loved ones need on a daily basis are in the hands of the nursing home staff. Treating your loved one as if he or she is merely a body and not a whole person is a common symptom of nursing home neglect.
Look for these signs to ensure your loved one’s emotional needs are being met:
- Does your loved one brighten when staff speaks to him or her?
- Does the staff all know your loved one by name?
- Does the staff know details about your loved one that likely came out in conversation?
- Is someone often with your loved one when you arrive for a visit?
- Does your loved one fondly mention members of the staff by name during conversation?
Positive emotional relationships are an important part of your loved one’s quality of life, and can be indicative of the overall quality of care. If your loved one’s emotional needs are not being met, the chances are that other areas of care may be lacking as well, and you should closely look for signs of neglect, like weight loss, dehydration, and pressure sores.
If your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, the chances are they are not alone. A nursing home neglect lawsuit can call attention to substandard care and give facility owners an incentive to fix problems, protecting your loved one and others. Please contact the law firm of Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA today for a free case evaluation.