The hospice is usually referred to as a place of death. Many view it as a sad and lonely place. In busy countries, families put their elderly loved ones in a hospice when they're nearing the end of their life. It can be either they're too old to be in a nursing home, they require special care, or that they need palliative care.
Despite the sight of impending death, it's also a place with so much love. Healthcare workers shower their patients with all the love that they need, and families show their love, too. All to give their loved ones the best memories of their last days on earth.
Unfortunately, some providers consider hospices as a business opportunity. Like any other industry, fraud, misconduct, and abuse are common. You can help put a stop to this by merely being aware of the warning signs, which are:
1. The Elderly Patient Suddenly Fears Being Touched
You know your family members the most. If your elder family member in the hospice is suddenly getting more and more distant when they didn't use to be that way, then this could be a warning sign of abuse. They could also show signs that they suddenly fear being touched.
For instance, when you arrive, they might tremble when you touch them or hug them. If your loved one didn't use to be this way, then it can be a warning sign that something terrible is going on. It's a telltale sign of possible physical abuse in the hospice.
2. The Elderly Patient Is Losing Weight For No Reason
Hospices are expensive. When you decide to place a family member in the hospice, this also means that you're ready for the financial obligation going to be entailed. This expense stems from the very fact that there are salaries of employees, food, and other expenses. Hence, it's expected that when you place your loved one in the hospice, they're going to be fed well.
When you come to visit your elderly family members, take a look at their physique. Ask your doctor, too, if there's anything unusual about the weight loss of your patient. If you think that they're losing weight for no reason, take the time to review their meals.
Remember that stress affects digestion. If your elderly patient is unreasonably stressed, they may also be eating poorly, which doesn’t do them any good. See if your loved ones are getting the services that you're paying for.
3. There Are Unexplained Bruises And Fractures
Apart from noticing that your elderly loved one may be losing weight, you might also see that there are unexplained bruises, fractures, or cuts. To have a better assessment of these, you might want to bring in a doctor. That way, the doctor can also help see the possible causes of these wounds.
If it's anything related to a medical condition that your elder loved one has, then you've got nothing to worry about. But, if it looks like they were done on purpose, then that's another warning sign for you to be conscious about.
Generally, most of the caregivers are very good at taking care of their patients. Unfortunately, there are also some that, by their misconduct, ruin the reputation of the healthcare industry. Your patient may be left in the care of a caregiver that isn't too keen on doing their job. Whatever your doubts, you might want to bring this up as well with the upper hospice management.