What Abuse Looks Like
As we begin the new year, it is important to consider the well-being of our loved ones, particularly those living in long-term care homes. For many, the holiday season can be a time of loneliness and isolation without family around. Additionally, the winter months can be especially difficult due to illnesses such as the flu and difficulty coping with the colder weather. Unfortunately, incidents of neglect and abuse in these facilities are all too common, and it is crucial that steps be taken to prevent and address such incidents. It is important that we take extra care to support and check in on older friends and family during this time.
Neglect and abuse in long-term care homes can take many forms. It may involve the failure to provide adequate medical care, including the failure to properly diagnose and treat conditions. It may also involve the failure to provide proper nutrition and hydration, as well as the failure to assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom. In addition to physical neglect and abuse, there is also the issue of emotional and psychological abuse, which can be just as harmful. This can include verbal abuse, isolation, and the failure to respect the autonomy and dignity of residents.
One way to address this issue is through increased oversight and regulation of long-term care homes. This can include regular inspections to ensure that facilities are meeting the necessary standards of care, as well as the implementation of stricter penalties for those who fail to meet these standards. In addition, it is important for family members and loved ones of residents to be vigilant and to speak up if they have concerns about the care being received. This may involve making regular visits to the facility and paying close attention to the well-being of the resident. It may also involve raising concerns with the staff or management of the facility or reaching out to external organizations for support. It is also crucial for long-term care homes to have proper staffing levels and for staff to be adequately trained and supported. This can help to ensure that residents are receiving the care and attention that they need and deserve.
How Beckett Can Help
If you have concerns about the care that your loved one has received in a long-term care home, there are several ways to file a complaint or inquiry. You can start by bringing your concerns to the attention of the staff or management of the facility. Alternatively, you can contact the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care or file a complaint with the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority. Filing a civil lawsuit may also be an option. If you need help navigating these options, the team at Beckett can provide legal guidance and representation. With our experience in this field, we can help you fight for justice on behalf of you and your loved one. Contact us for a free case evaluation today and take the first step towards creating a safer and more supportive environment for your loved ones and all those living in long-term care homes.