Signs of Abuse in Senior to Watch out For
Studies show around 50 million people in the US are senior citizens, and this number is expected to explode by 2060. With the number of the elderly living domestically, the chances of you knowing a senior citizen that is dependent on someone else’s care is high. Although many loved ones feel at peace knowing that their elderly loved ones are getting the required attention from a third party, whether it is an in-home nurse, a nursing home or any other form, sometimes there is a reason for worry. Senior citizens are abused all across the country, and if you are not very keen, the elderly that you love can be the next victim. In the post, we have provided a list of indicator of adult abuse that you should be on the lookout for.
We all know that seniors are prone to falling since they are not as energetic as their younger selves, and a good caregiver needs to be proactive in executive measures to minimize the possibility of this occurring. If you are detecting that your loved one is acquiring lots of bruises or visiting the hospital too often because of broken bones, there is reason to be distrustful of the attention they are getting. In some cases, the frequent brakes and bruises are due to neglect by the caretaker, however, some may be as a result of outright abuse from the caregivers and are the reason for the injuries.
Contingent to the mental and physical condition of an elderly, staying frequent in bed could be a medical requirement. However, elderly loved ones that are consigned to their beds still need a lot of care. If the loved one is left in bed for extended periods without being moved, stretched or helped when getting to the restrooms, rashes, and lacerations can develop on the skins which are referred to as bed sores. These bed sores are agonizing can be fatal if they get infected. It would be a good idea to examine loved one’s legs and back to ensure that they don’t develop this problem.
Weight fluxes are normal in elders as their metabolisms and appetites change. However, if he or she is losing weight rapidly, it could be a sign of hunger. Elders require a diet rich of nutritious food to ensure that their systems are still working well into old age. Lack of proper diet can lead to serious health complications like muscle degenerations and even cardiac failure. Take time to look at the kinds of foods that your elderly loved one’s caregiver or assisted living facility offers patients or residents before you decide that they are the people who should look after your senior.