I think my grandmother is being abused at her nursing home, but how can I ask her without being too direct?
It depends on your grandmother’s state of mind. If your grandmother is mentally competent, you can open the dialogue by asking ask her some questions, such as:
- Are you comfortable here?
- Is there anything you are not okay with?
- Are you provided with ample food and water?
- Does someone check on you regularly?
- Do you feel neglected?
- Has anyone taken something that belongs to you?
- Does anyone force you to stay in bed?
- Is anyone at the nursing home mean to you?
- Has anyone harmed you?
You can use her answers to help you determine if she is in an abusive situation. However, you should note that many elderly people who are being abused mentally, physically, or sexually may not disclose they are being abused because they are afraid or embarrassed. Some people don’t tell their loved ones because they feel guilty they didn’t say something sooner, and others don’t report abuse because they have some sort of mental impairment like dementia or Alzheimer’s.
If you suspect your grandparent is a victim of Sarasota nursing home abuse, you should visit her often. By checking in on her at different times of the week and day, you can observe if there are signs of physical abuse or walk in on her abuser. However, some forms of abuse aren’t always apparent, and you will need to watch your grandmother’s behaviors and demeanor to determine if she is exhibiting any abuse symptoms.
By interacting with your grandmother and observing her more frequently, you may be able to determine if she is a victim of Florida nursing home abuse. If you need the help of an experienced Sarasota elder abuse attorney, contact the Mallard Law Firm at 888-409-3805 for a free initial consultation.