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Ask nursing home residents questions about how they're doing

Nursing home abuse and negligence are serious matters that plague many residents. When you have a loved one who is in a facility, you likely want to keep an eye on them to ensure they get the care they need. When nursing homes have to prevent visitors from coming into the building, there is more room for these vulnerable residents to suffer harm at the hands of those who are supposed to care for them.

Even if you can't be there in person to check on your loved one, you can still give them a phone call or possibly use technology for a video visit. During this communication, you can ask some very specific questions to help you find out if everything is fine.

While you might not think it matters, you should ask them what they are wearing. If you ask this each time you talk to them, you can make sure they aren't wearing the same clothes for several days in a row. If they keep the same clothes on for more than a day, it might be a sign that the staff members aren't helping them with personal hygiene.

Some nursing home residents won't tell you when they're facing abuse or neglect because they don't want to cause trouble. In the absence of being able to visit in person, you'll have to try to decipher what's going on. If you think that something is amiss, speak up about it. There isn't any reason why your loved one should have to deal with abuse or neglect just because no family member is there to watch over them.

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