February 02, 2013 at 03:00 AM EST
Prevention of Abuse
PHOENIX, AZ, February 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Placing your loved one in a nursing home is never an easy step to take. When you add to worries the fear of nursing home abuse, it can seem near impossible to rest easy in your decision to have your loved one placed in a care facility.

Nursing home abuse is a real problem in our country with millions of new cases reported every year. However, this does not mean that you are abandoning your loved one to face abuse or neglect when you place them in a home. It does mean that you should know how to help prevent abuse and keep your loved one safe.

Preventing Nursing Home Abuse

The most effective way to prevent nursing home abuse is to be present. Make frequent, unannounced visits to your loved ones nursing home at different times of the day. This will enable you to see what your loved one's living conditions are like throughout the day and give you an opportunity to get to know their caregivers. During these visits make sure you listen to your loved one and pay attention to how they feel they are being cared for.

It is equally important that you know how to identify nursing home abuse. Signs that your loved one is being mistreated may include:

- Unexplained injuries
- Bedsores
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Over or under medication
- Changes in behavior
- Fear or discomfort around nursing home staff

If you suspect nursing home abuse, you need to contact a lawyer right away. Your nursing home abuse lawyer will investigate your claim, identify any instances of mistreatment, and fight to protect your loved one against further damages.

If you suspect your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect in their nursing home, please visit the website of the Phoenix nursing home abuse lawyers at Cullan & Cullan M.D., J.D for more information on your rights at www.stopnursinghomeabuse.org.

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