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Staying connected with loved ones in nursing homes

It’s been a difficult 10 months for nursing home residents in Kentucky – and their families. The ongoing health crisis has limited in-person visits. At times, families only have been able to call their loved ones in nursing homes. Sometimes, they have been able to see their loved ones through a window or through outside visits.

Yet, with temperatures turning colder, and the beginning of flu season as well as ongoing coronavirus concerns, visits with nursing home residents are likely to become more difficult again. Not only are family members concerned about their loved one’s health, but they also want to ensure they are receiving proper care. With nursing home staff facing increased stress in caring for those who are sick, nursing home residents are more likely to suffer neglect or abuse.

However, how can you ensure your loved one isn’t a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse when you can’t visit with them in person?

Here are some tips for ensuring your loved one is receiving proper care during this difficult time:

  1. Stay up to date with the nursing home’s visiting policies. Arrange video calls frequently if needed so you still can physically see how your family member looks.
  2. Stay in close contact with the nurses and administrators at the nursing home. Ask about any concerns you have about your loved one’s health.
  3. Ask your loved one questions about their care. Are they having to wait a long time to get fresh clothes or underwear after a toileting accident?
  4. Watch for signs of nursing home neglect or abuse: if your loved one has unkempt hair, is emotionally upset or agitated, is withdrawn or seems malnourished or losing weight quickly.

If you have concerns your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you should contact an attorney. An attorney who understands elder law can help you ensure your loved one is getting the care they deserve.

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