How to Monitor for Signs of Physical Abuse in Hospice Care

Placing a parent or loved one in hospice care can be a stressful time for everyone involved. We all want our parents to be as comfortable as possible, and the thought of anyone hurting them is devastating. nursing home abuse

Research shows that’s an astounding 1 in 10 Americans 60 years and older have experienced some type of abuse. To monitor for signs of abuse, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your loved one’s surroundings and take notice of any changes.  Being observant could help you identify signs of abuse or potential abuse.

The Importance of Monitoring Abuse in Hospice Care

Often times, elderly hospice patients have failing memory as they struggle with dementia and do not remember being abused, and no longer have the ability to voice their concern. There are many forms of elderly abuse in hospice care, and knowing the signs of abuse is important.

Physical abuse can be defined as bodily injury or pain caused by hitting, shoving, shaking, burning or kicking. This is a limited definition; if you think your loved one could have been a victim of abuse, contact a reputable personal injury attorney to find out if you have a case.

What Are the Signs of Hospice Care Abuse?

There’s a few signs of physical abuse that you can check for that typically indicate abuse.

  1. Check their body for bruises, welts or scars.  Some bruises on the extremities are normal, if they are prone to bruising. Bruises that appear symmetrically on both sides of the body may be signs of abuse. Also, look for bruising along the wrists or hips.
  2. If your loved one complains of recent pain, ask their doctor about head, neck and internal injuries which could result from a drop.
  3. Lastly, talk to your parent or loved one if you are concerned. Often times, an elderly person is afraid to speak up. Ask them if they are being well taken care of, pose a direct question like “Do the nurses ever hit you or hurt you?”  

What You Can Do  

Your parent or loved one deserves the best possible care at the end of their life. If you have any suspicion of your parents or loved one being abused in hospice care, contact a nursing home abuse attorney. A nursing home/hospice abuse attorney will fight for the rights of your loved one and fight aggressively against the responsible parties who are liable for the abuse.

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