You may think it's impossible to detect nursing home abuse during COVID-19 since you cannot visit your loved one in a nursing home.
While it may be more difficult to identify abuse without physically being with your loved one, you'll notice when something isn't right if you're paying attention.
Here's what to look for when you suspect your loved one is being abused in a nursing home during COVID-19:
Phone and Video Calls Are Critical
Since you can't physically go to the nursing home where your loved one is, it's helpful to stay connected over the phone and through video chats. Reach out to your family member as often as you can, and be sure not to skip the video calls so that you can check on your loved one's physical condition.
When you talk, it's essential to ask the following questions to see how your loved one responds:
- How are you feeling?
- What is it like living in a nursing home right now?
- Do you feel safe living there?
- Do you have any worries or concerns about anything?
- Do you have all the things you need?
- Is there anything I can do to help you?
If the nursing home steps in and does not allow you to speak with your loved one without a staff member present, this could be a red flag that your loved one is enduring abuse.
How to Handle the Situation When You Suspect Abuse
It can be horrifying to think that your loved one is being abused in a place that is supposed to be caring for them. After all, nursing home care costs a lot of money, so it's key to have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is safe and comfortable.
It's important to reach out to a skilled elder abuse attorney right away if you think your family member is being abused. Cases of this nature can be very complex, so it's ill-advised to handle such a situation on your own.
Our team here at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC is highly skilled in nursing home abuse matters, and we have helped many others in similar situations. Let us see if we can help you and your loved one, too.