Honoring Our Elders on National Grandparent’s Day

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West Virginia began celebrating Grandparents Day five years before it became a national observance. With Sunday marking more than 40 years of this holiday in the state, National Grandparents Day is a time to respect our aging relatives and keep them safe from a problem affecting millions of our country’s elderly: nursing home abuse.

Marian McQuade, the creator of Grandparents Day, hailed from Fayette County. Her extensive work with local seniors inspired Marian to campaign for a day to raise awareness of the lonely old living in nursing homes and bring generations of people together.

If you have elderly loved ones residing in a nursing home, a visit on Grandparents Day or any other day can be more than just a chance to see family. Regular visits are key protection against nursing home abuse and neglect.

During your visit, make a mental checklist of anything that seems off about the facility or your family member’s physical health and behavior. Pay especially close attention to:

  • Anxiety, depression, or other antisocial behavior your family member exhibits.
  • Visible indicators of neglect or abuse on your loved one’s body, such as bruises, bed sores, etc.
  • Staff and administrator interaction with residents.
  • Cleanliness and maintenance of the nursing home.
  • Your relative’s hygiene and health, including prescription use.

If your family has made the difficult decision to move an aging loved one into a nursing home or other care facility, your relative has the right to certain standards of care and being treated with respect and dignity. When staff members violate that trust and mistreat your loved one, your family might be entitled to compensation.

Please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1 304-865-8530 for experienced legal guidance regarding a nursing home abuse claim. Our attorneys serve clients in Charleston and many other communities throughout West Virginia.