Nursing Home Neglect

5 Signs Your Loved One May Be a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is something that no one really wants to think about, but it happens all too often. Elder adults, like children in many cases, may not have the capacity to speak up for themselves or protect themselves from abuse or neglect, so it’s important for families to know their loved ones are safe. 

Even if you think you chose the best nursing home for your loved one, you could be proven wrong. Elder abuse can happen at the hands of loved ones, hired caregivers, and even strangers, and it’s more common in nursing home facilities than you might think. 

Here are the signs to look for:

  1. Sudden depression or withdrawn attitude: People may suddenly be depressed or seem confused or disinterested in their usual activities. This could be a sign of several things, including potential nursing home abuse. 
  2. Unexplained bruises, scars, or injuries: Although most abusers will attempt to hide their abuse, sometimes it is more severe. If you notice your loved one suddenly has more injuries or bruises, it could be a sign of concern. 
  3. Isolation: People in nursing homes are already somewhat isolated from friends and family. If they are becoming even more isolated or you feel they’re hard to connect with, this could mean something is going on. 
  4. Recent changes in spending or banking: Some elder abuse is financial. Your loved one may suddenly start spending money or writing checks to someone you have never heard of, with no explanation. If you notice this, ask questions. 
  5. Bed sores, poor hygiene, etc.: Of course, there are always clear and obvious signs of abuse to consider. If you visit your loved one and they’re not getting their medications, aren’t clean, are missing meals, or are otherwise being neglected, it’s a clear case of nursing home abuse and neglect. 

Some of the signs of nursing home abuse are more insidious than others, so it’s important that you pay attention and listen to your loved ones when they have concerns. If you notice anything that seems suspicious, you should reach out to a lawyer who can help you figure out how to proceed. 

Nursing homes are supposed to take care of people, not put them at risk. Know what to look for to keep your loved ones safe from potential abuse and neglect. Contact Grewer Law Group if you suspect your loved one is going through abusive treatment at their nursing home.

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