In the months or weeks following an elderly loved one’s move into a new nursing home, they may begin to show signs that something is not right.
Their emotions and regular habits may change, which may make family members wonder what they can do. Noticing elder neglect is important since older people often have fewer ways to take care of themselves and require physical help from staff members.
Complaints about food or water intake
According to the National Institute on Aging, listening closely to the common complaints of an elderly resident can help people determine whether there is a bigger issue. Constant mentions of their mouth feeling dry and sounds of a rumbling stomach can signal that they do not get fed enough.
They may also appear scared to ask for anything from the staff, such as more helpings of a meal or pills they need to take.
Dirty room and clothing
Strange stains and rips on an older person’s clothing are signs that they are not taken care of properly. Their living area or room may also have bugs and dirt all around, which indicates that the staff does not clean it regularly or at all.
Noticing whether an elderly resident is consistently shivering or appearing overheated can help the family to determine what to do next.
An elderly loved one who no longer tries to open up about personal feelings or worries is a problem when they are suffering at the hands of the staff. If someone does not reach out and seems withdrawn or shy for no discernable reason, learning more about neglect is important.
While it may seem hard to notice elder neglect at first, being aware of an older person’s surroundings and habits can help.