With so many responsibilities like a job and family, you might not have any time left at all to take care of an elderly relative of yours who is staying in your house. Thus, you decided to send your elderly relative to a nursing home, expecting that the staff there would treat him or her with utmost care.
Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened, which led you to get your elderly relative out of there at the first opportunity. Now that you’ve brought your elderly relative back to your house after suffering from nursing home neglect, here are some tips on how you can take care of your loved one:
1.) Provide all your elderly relative’s basic and hygiene needs.
Letting your elderly relative stay with you isn’t enough.
- You should make sure that your elderly relative is eating the right amount of healthy and nutritious food as well as drinking enough water every day.
- You should also help out your elderly relative when they have to take a bath, brush their teeth, and clean up after themselves if they’ve made a mess while eating, most especially as they may not be able to do all of those things on their own.
2.) Ensure that your elderly relative is getting their regular medical checkups.
The older a person gets, the more prone they are to getting various sorts of illnesses, age-related or otherwise.
- You should set aside a monthly budget for your elderly relative’s medical checkup as well as an emergency fund especially for them in case they suddenly turn ill.
- You should also ensure that your elderly relative is up-to-date with any medications and nutritional supplements that they need to prolong their life.
3.) Have tons of patience when dealing with your elderly relative.
Your elderly relative may have experienced neglect in the nursing home where you’ve previously sent them because of certain personnel’s impatience, especially if they’ve been wetting their bed or soiling their underpants too often.
- You should remember that your elderly relative doesn’t have as much control over their bodily functions anymore compared to when they were still of sound mind and body.
- Even when you sometimes feel like taking care of your elderly relative might be too much work for you, it’s best to think of it as similar to taking care of your child when they were still a baby though in this case, the baby is a senior citizen who is unable to fully take care of him or herself anymore.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, more than 14,000 cases of nursing home neglect were reported in 2014 alone. Thus, some older adults would rather spend their old age in their home out of fear that they’ll suffer from nursing home neglect. However, as a caregiver you may have felt too overwhelmed with helping out an elderly relative, which is often the reason elderly adults are sent to a nursing home.
Now that your elderly relative is with you once again, you’ll want to take care of them by applying the above tips and getting a lawyer as well to help them get compensated for the pain and suffering caused by the nursing home.