Nursing home abuse and neglect is a major problem. This is why keeping a keen eye on what is going on with your loved one if you happen to have a senior resident in your family is important.
However, it is also important to recognize the difference between neglect and a period of adjustment. It is not uncommon for nursing home residents to have complaints: some may be more justified than others. According to the AARP, understanding (and mitigating) common complaints and being actively involved in your loved one’s nursing home are vital.
What are some common complaints?
It is common for nursing home residents to complain about their roommate and lost items. Assuming that your loved one lives in a reputable nursing home, it is highly likely they will try to address any potential roommate issues. However, make sure that the issue is specifically with the roommate and not with the concept of having a roommate. If your loved one is sharing a room with a stranger for the first time in a very long time, there will be a natural adjustment period.
In terms of lost items, make sure that you have insurance on any expensive but easily losable things like eyeglasses or hearing aids. Additionally, if your loved one is reporting stolen items, contact the staff of the hospital. It is more likely that they simply got tossed in with laundry.
How can involving myself in the nursing home help?
Being an active presence in the nursing home will help your loved one adjust and relax. For instance, if you involve yourself with some of the activities that the nursing home puts forth, it is more likely that your loved one will participate as well. This can help with adjustment.