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Protecting your loved one in a nursing home

When parents or other loved ones in Iowa get older, it is sometimes necessary to place them in a long-term care facility. Unfortunately, mistreatment and neglect occur in nursing homes across the country, so it is important to choose a nursing home carefully. If you suspect abuse, it may be necessary to seek help. We at Galligan Reid understand the absolute importance of protecting the elderly who have suffered mistreatment.

Ultimately, you want to choose a facility in which abuse does not occur in the first place, but this is not as straightforward as it may sound. According to Fox Business, it may require through careful research and personal visits to the home. You should request references and inquire about whether the facility has ever been fined by the State Department of Health. Most importantly, do not rush the decision. However, even after your best efforts, sometimes abuse still happens. Therefore, you should be able to recognize the warning signs of mistreatment in order to stop it as soon as possible. One of the most obvious red flags is a swift change in your loved one's demeanor. Lashing out with uncharacteristic anger may be his or her way of coping with abuse.

Some people who are being abused in nursing homes suffer from dehydration or malnutrition, which may lead to a host of other problems. Bedsores may develop from lack of attention to those who are bedridden. Another common concern is failure to treat infections and sickness in a timely manner. If you suspect something is wrong, do not push aside your concerns. Investigate the situation immediately. More information about nursing home abuse is available on our web page.

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