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Caring for Your Loved One in a Nursing Home on Thanksgiving


Caring for Your Loved One in a Nursing Home on Thanksgiving

For many of us, Thanksgiving is a day spent with family. The time together is precious, and it's a day that brings us together. During this time it’s also important to remember our family members who may not be able to be with us in our homes.

How the Holidays Affect Our Family Members in Nursing Homes

Although Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with family, it’s also important to take steps to make members of your family who may not be able to come to the family gathering feel included and loved.

In order to make a loved one in a nursing home feel included in the celebrations, consider doing one or more of the following:

  • Visiting them in their nursing home
  • Sharing a Facebook post with them
  • Sending them an email or card
  • Stopping by with a plate of food that you prepared
  • Facetiming or making a phone call
  • Sharing pictures from the family gathering with them

How to Spot Signs of Neglect

If you are able to visit your loved one in their nursing home on Thanksgiving, be aware of what to lookout for to determine if there are any issues with their care. Although neglect in nursing homes is uncommon, it does occur, and it occurs more frequently around the holidays. Common signs of neglect may include:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Poor living conditions
  • New or worsening depression
  • Bedsores
  • Bruises
  • Unexplained skin tears or abrasions
  • Burns
  • Unreported injuries that go untreated
  • Anxiety around the nursing home staff

Where You Can Turn

If you believe that your loved one is suffering neglect or abuse in their nursing home, contact the attorneys at Obenshain Law Group today by calling (540) 318-7360 or filling out an online form to schedule your free consultation. Don’t wait until it is too late.