Have you chosen the best caregiver for your loved one? Evelyn Hunter, facilitator for the Floyd Memorial caregiver support group, and Terry Graham, registered nurse at Helping Hands Companion Services, give some tips on how to keep your loved one safe at all times.
Though you may be the main caregiver for your loved one, there could be times when full-time medical care in a facility or help from a relief caregiver is needed. Sadly, elder abuse is a growing problem in the U.S. It is important to learn about different types of abuse and how to report it. Terry advises watching out for these warning signs of physical, psychological and financial abuse as well as neglect:
- Unexpected bruises or injuries
- Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks on the wrist
- Behavior that mimics dementia such as rocking, sucking, or mumbling to oneself
- Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, or dehydration
- Improper hygiene
If you suspect your loved one is being abused, the local Department of Community Based Services will work with law enforcement to investigate the situation. Also, the Adult Abuse Hotline is available for those need a quick reference at 1.800.752.6200.