The point of placing a loved one in a nursing home is to ensure those final years are safe and happy with plenty of care around the clock. If you notice that something is different, it could be that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse in Joliet. Here are three of the more common signs that something is happening at the nursing home and your loved one is afraid to say a word.
Changes in Appetite and Personal Hygiene
In times past, your loved one enjoyed a healthy appetite and took pride in being properly groomed and dressed during the day. Lately, you’ve noticed untouched trays of food when you visit. It’s also been some time since your loved one has showered or put on clean clothing. These could all be due to the debilitating emotional impact of physical abuse coupled with a desire to repel whoever is doing the abusing.
Shifts in Personality
The visits used to include lots of conversation, laughter and in general, having a good time. For the last few weeks, your loved one barely responds when you try to strike up a conversation. It’s almost as if the only thing the individual wants to do is withdraw from the world. Even so, your loved one often begs you to stay a little longer. This change in personality could mean that some form of nursing home abuse in Joliet is taking place.
Staff Members Remain Close By When Loved Ones Visit
While it’s not unusual for a staff member or two to come and go during a visit, something‘s not right if the staff members seem to be waiting outside the door or find excuses to frequently come in and linger during your time with your loved one. This is often an attempt to ensure that the resident does not say anything about what’s going on. A staff that doesn’t seem to understand that you want to spend some time alone with your loved one could be trying to prevent your family member or friend from revealing nursing home abuse.
Do you suspect that your loved one is being abused? Call the team at Block, Klukas, Manzella & Shell, P.C. to set up a consultation. You can also visit our website to arrange for a free case consultation. Together, we will work to ensure that your loved one is safe and cared for properly.