As one recent article points out, the holiday season is the time of year nursing home residents receive the most visits and loved ones should take careful note of any signs of abuse or neglect–especially bed sores. Bed sores are preventable, are not normal, and command immediate attention. If your loved one seems “distant” or has any bruising, scars, cuts or appears unbathed and dirty, take immediate action, ask questions and demand answers. Ask them how the staff has been treating them, if they have suffered any falls–even if they feel the falls may be their own fault–if they are receiving their medicine (and on time and at the right “intervals”) and simply if they are happy. The law grants nursing home residents certain rights–particularly rights commanding proper care, free from abuse and neglect.

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