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Bedsores are a sign that your loved one is being neglected

When you place an ailing parent, grandparent or other loved one into a nursing home or adult care facility, you do so because you want the best possible treatment and care. Your loved one is likely no longer able to care for himself or herself, which means that around-the-clock support or care may be necessary.

4 things you should know about nursing home abuse and neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect are problems that no senior citizen should have to deal with. Unfortunately, some nursing home staff members choose to take advantage of a vulnerable population. Senior citizens and their families usually only turn to nursing home care when they are truly reliant on others to help them with daily activities.

Know the dangers of wandering in nursing homes

Choosing a good nursing home for your loved one is probably a taxing or emotional process. You want to make sure your loved one is safe and receives proper care. Nursing home abuse may be a concern when making a choice, but you should also look into a home's security and ability to prevent wandering and elopement.

Signs of nursing home abuse: malnutrition and dehydration

When you made the decision to put your loved one in a nursing home, one of your biggest reasons was probably to help them get the care and attention they need for both their health and safety. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is a sad reality in nursing homes in Chicagoland and across the nation. One type of nursing home abuse or neglect is neglecting the elder resident or not offering proper care to the point they become malnourished or dehydrated.

How to Identify Elder Neglect

Nursing home abuse is all too common throughout the country. Placing your loved ones into the care of others is a difficult choice even under the best of circumstances. No Evanston family should have to wonder if their elder will be cared for properly and protected from elder abuse and neglect.

Inadequate Staffing Leads to Nursing Home Abuse

When we have to make the decision to put our aging family members in a nursing home, we believe it is because they will be taken care of. However, recent studies indicate that neglect and abuse in nursing homes and among elderly care patients is both widespread and growing. It's estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of neglect or abuse gets reported, but as many as 1 in 20 nursing home residents are the victims of abuse. Many residents don't report abuse because they may not be aware they've been victimized or know just what constitutes abuse (psychological, sexual, or financial abuse are hard to notice). Warning signs for abuse or neglect include:

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