Prevent nursing home neglect by staying alert

If your mother or father is in a nursing home, you probably took a lot of time -- and did a lot of research -- to choose the best nursing care facility in Bradley. However, even the best nursing homes with the cleanest reputations can neglect their patients. For this reason, you should always stay alert and be diligent to ensure that you're loved one is receiving the best care possible at all times.

Here are a few things you can do to stay on top of your loved one and the care he or she is receiving at a nursing home:

Make regular visits: Nursing home residents who receive regular visitors tend to be the ones who get the best care. Like it or not, nursing home staff know who they are more likely to get away with neglecting. If the care attendant knows that you'll be showing up every day at 5 p.m., you better believe that the attendant will give your loved one the scheduled bath on time, change your loved one's bedding and perform other required care services before you arrive.

Make unexpected visits: Another great strategy is to show up at odd times. You might show up in the morning one day, and in the afternoon the next. You can tell your loved one when you're going to show up, but don't make it obvious to the nursing home staff. This way you will keep them on their toes.

Talk to your loved one: If your mother or father can talk to you about their day, be sure to ask lots of questions and encourage him or her to openly discuss the level of care received. Follow up on any signs of neglect or abuse. Sometimes, if neglect or abuse is happening, your loved one could be afraid to speak up, so also keep an eye out for other telltale signs -- like bruising, bed sores, a dirty room, missed bathing times, sudden weight loss and more.

If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected at a nursing home, you may want to investigate your legal rights and options to put a stop to the neglect and seek financial restitution in court.

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