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6 Questions to Identify Nursing Home Abuse During COVID-19

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In order to help protect nursing home residents from the impacts of the novel coronavirus, many facilities have decided to close their doors to visitors until it is safe to reopen. Because you may be unable to physically visit your loved one in a nursing home during this time, it’s even more important to remain vigilant with the questions you ask to identify abuse.

Here are six questions you should ask your loved one in a nursing home so that you can identify whether they are being abused:

#1 - How do you feel?

If your loved one has trouble telling you how they feel, it may be because they don’t feel right. This can indicate problems.

For example, if your loved one seems uncomfortable or uneasy answering this question, it may be because they are being watched and/or listened to. They may not have the freedom to honestly express their feelings, which can be an indication of abuse.

#2 - What is it like living there right now?

If your loved one implies any sort of discomfort that they didn’t display before COVID-19, this may be an indication of abuse.

#3 - Do you feel safe?

It’s important for nursing home residents to feel safe. If they don’t, there may be issues at the facility.

#4 - Is there anything you are worried about?

If your loved one says they are worried about a particular caretaker, this may be indicative of abuse by a certain staff member.

#5 - Do you have everything you need?

If your loved one tells you that their things are disappearing, this could be a sign of abuse.

#6 - What can I do to help you?

If your loved one begins requesting unusual things they didn’t ask for before COVID-19, this could be a sign of a deeper issue.

For example, if your loved one suddenly begins asking for food when you know the nursing facility is supposed to provide adequate meals to residents, your loved one may not be eating as often or as much as they should be.

Other Signs of Abuse

If the facility places limitations on your access to speak with your loved one or staff members won’t allow you to speak with your loved one alone, these could be warning signs of abuse.

If your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, our lawyers at Obenshain Law Group can help you seek the justice your family deserves. Give us a call at (540) 318-7360 or fill out an online contact form.