When we choose a home for our parents or other elders to live in, we want to be sure that the home we choose for them is safe. Despite the best efforts of family members, one in six elders in communities still suffers from abuse.
Part of what makes stopping abuse so hard is to recognize it. Some signs of abuse are very small and hard to notice. Knowing what to look for to spot the difficult signs can help you defend your loved one from abuse. Here are three hidden signs of elder abuse:
Dirty nails and hair
Dirt under the nails, long fingernails and toenails, and greasy hair may seem like it has only been a day or two since their last bath, but it can also be a sign of serious neglect. When caretakers fail to look after the residents for long periods of time, these signs may be the ones that fall through the cracks, and caretakers fail to cover up between their infrequent cleanings.
When your loved one begins showing signs of different behavior, there may be a reason for it. It can be hard to recognize changes in someone with dementia or other neurological disabilities, so be sure to watch your loved ones close. If they normally are excited to see you but are beginning to avoid you or anyone else, there may be a reason for it.
When someone struggles with memory issues, it can seem like an eventuality that your loved one loses possessions. Hats, gloves, socks, and other small items are all common things to lose, but it can be different if valuables begin to disappear regularly. Missing items can be the result of a caretaker taking advantage of them.
Trust your instincts
If you suspect that someone is abusing your loved one, take action to protect them. Call an attorney you can trust to hold abusive parties accountable for their actions.