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12/13

5 Things To Watch For As You Visit a Loved One In a Nursing Home During the Holidays

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

nursing_home_holidaysIt is that time of year when most of us make an extra effort to spend time with those that we love.  Spending time together is almost always easier said than done, particularly if someone who is close to us has moved into a nursing home and is no longer just down the street.  The holiday season is one where nursing homes tend to see more visitors than during other times of the year, and that’s obviously something that lifts the spirits of everyone involved.  Nothing is better than spending time with family.

However, it’s also a time when people who may not see their loved ones living in nursing homes very often to take some stock of how they are doing.  We owe it to those loved ones to do what we can to protect them, and nursing home abuse is a problem that is getting worse overall instead of getting better.  Below you will find some suggestions regarding things that you should watch for if you are planning on getting together with a loved one who is living in a nursing home during this holiday season.

  1. Unexplained Physical Injuries

The most obvious sign to watch for during a holiday visit is the appearance of physical injuries such as bruises or cuts that your loved one refuses to explain.  Most people do not hesitate to talk about how they were hurt, so this should be a sign that something could be wrong.

  1. Radical Changes in Personality

Many people will undergo slight changes to their personalities as they get older, and many changes will take place when someone moves into a nursing home.  However, if someone simply does not seem like he or she is the same person, you may want to dig into that situation a bit deeper.

  1. Sudden Complaints about Money

Most people understand that living in a nursing home is extremely expensive, but if your loved one suddenly seems to have money problems, it could be a sign that he or she is having problems with staff members that could involve financial abuse.

  1. Expressions of Fear around Staff Members

It’s not uncommon for nursing home staff members to come in and say or do something while family members are visiting a nursing home resident.  If that resident suddenly clams up and expresses silent but obvious fear in the presence of a staff member, it could be a sign of trouble.

  1. Unexplained Lack of Hygiene

One of the most basic functions of a nursing home staff is just that – to take care of the basics.  If your loved one appears to be lacking in that basic hygiene, you should definitely ask the staff more about that so that whatever the problem is can be resolved.

We have been serving clients as Las Vegas nursing home abuse lawyers for 30 years.  The team at Bernstein & Poisson hopes that no one discovers any warning signs as they visit their loved ones during the holidays.  However, if you suspect that something is wrong, contact the firm as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.

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