It may have been emotionally difficult for you to help your aging parent move into a Missouri nursing home. You may have tried all available options to help him or her stay home; yet, a time still came when everyone involved agreed that was no longer feasible, and perhaps, it was also no longer safe. Once your mother or father settled into new surroundings, you may have set a goal that you would visit several times a week or as often as possible.
Like most Missourians, you're probably quite busy. If you have a meeting at work or have to stop off and run some errands on your way home, you might not be able to pop in to visit your loved one as often as you'd like. Most nursing homes are properly staffed, well-functioning establishments. In some, however, nursing home abuse occurs. That's why it's critical that you know how to recognize signs of abuse, as well as where to seek support to protect your parent if a problem arises.
Issues that warrant further investigation
Understanding that no nursing facility is going to be perfect, you should be able to reasonably expect that all staff members where your parent lives are acting in accordance with the highest level of accepted safety standards. The following list includes signs that may prompt you to ask questions of officials:
- Perhaps your parent appears disheveled during several of your visits. Every nursing home patient should be clean and well groomed, and if your parent isn't, it may be a sign of negligence.
- The physical surroundings in your parent's nursing home facility should also be clean and well kept. If it smells bad or looks dirty, someone owes you an explanation.
- Does your parent have bedsores from lack of mobility? This is a common sign of nursing home abuse.
- If your mother or father seems especially moody or grows tense when a particular staff member enters the room, it definitely warrants further investigation.
- Your loved one should always receive adequate amounts of food and drink. If he or she exhibits signs of malnutrition or dehydration, it's a call for proactive investigation.
- Visible signs of injury that no one explains are often signs of abuse.
Nursing home work can definitely be quite challenging. Workers must receive proper training, have adequate physical strength and remain updated on all current forms of accepted, standardized care. The bottom line is that your parent should be properly supervised, well attended and protected from hazardous situations while living in a Missouri nursing home. If that's not the case, and you'd like to discuss the issue with someone well versed in elder care law, you can reach out for support.