There are times in our lives when we have to make tough decisions when it comes to elders, either parents or other relatives. When they are not able to take care of themselves anymore and we neither have the power nor the knowledge about how to care for them in order to make them feel comfortable, we might have to take them to an old age home because there are specialists that know what and how to do everything so they have a pleasant life.
On the other hand, as much as advertisement will put them in a great and bright position, the truth is you will never know in advance what you run into because there are homes that treat the elders right, but there are some that do not hesitate to abuse them. It is even worse if your relative suffers form a mental illness like dementia or Alzheimer’s, because it is almost impossible to tell if they have been abused or not or if they just imagine things.
How can you get help?
If you figured your relative is being abused in a home, the first thing you need to do is take them out of there. The most important for them is to take them to safety and stop the nightmare they live. The representatives at Cambre & Associate LLC suggest that you seek legal help because it is important to fix the problem and make justice for you and for your elder relative.
The consultants can help you with these issues and tell what are the steps you should follow. You should know that there is specialized legal help that you can get in these cases because it is illegal for a caregiver to deprive an elder from health care or well-being no matter the reason they might have. By going further with this, not only you discourage others to do it, but you also bring justice to your elderly relative when they need it most. A caregiver that has been charged with elderly abuse can spend from 1 to 20 years in jail, depending on the gravity of the situation.
How to figure out if they have or haven’t been abused?
Firstly, most elders are not very happy with the given situation of having to move out of their house and going to live in an old-age home. They are either ashamed of it or simply do not want it. Sometimes they understand, but sometimes they don’t, so it is even harder to cope with that. So, sometimes their complaints about being abused are just about their dislike of being there really, when in reality everything is fine.
On the other hand, you may face the situation when they refuse to tell you everything that happens before you arrive and after you leave, but there are some signs that can help you figure it out easier, like visible dehydration, bruises and other injuries, sores and malnutrition, but also depression, lack of eye contact, withdrawal.