Selecting a nursing home for a loved one is only the first step in insuring s/he gets the best care. The next step is to put on your advocacy cap and start checking to make sure your loved one is not being neglected.
Over the next few weeks I will devote this caregiver blog to offering advocacy tips to insure your loved one gets the care s/he deserves. I will tell you how to recognize if your loved one is or is not eating properly; is or is not taking the proper mediation; or is or is not being checked for bed sores.
Danger Sign #1: Significant Weight Loss
A sudden loss in weight might be a sign that your loved one is not eating properly. This could indicate that the staff is not watching to see if s/he is able to eat or providing needed assistance. Check to see if s/he is having trouble cutting her food, handling a fork, or swallowing. Beyond these mechanical difficulties, there are multiple reasons for loss of appetite including depression, medication, mouth or dental pain, infection, or illness that should be investigated as well.