Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Signs of Abuse A recent study concluded that nearly one in ten nursing home patients experienced some form of abuse in the past year. While such a statistic may seem insignificant, the scope of nursing home abuse is daunting considering there are more than 1.3 million Americans who are currently patients at these facilities. The sad truth is that every time you drive by a large nursing home, you can assume that a handful of innocent people are being abused at the facility in one manner or another: physically, emotionally, financially or sexually.

While the media has done a commendable service in exposing the significance of this problem, the majority of these episodes of poor care take place in behind closed doors in patient rooms, making the discovery of these atrocities even more difficult. Since many families may have a loved one at a facility across the state or across the country, the detection of abusive conditions may go delayed or ignored completely.

Indication of Elder Abuse in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Families need to remember that they know their loved ones personalities and traits far better than a person who may be temporarily caring for them in a nursing home setting. Even though you may not have any formal training in detecting poor care, using your instinct can go a long way towards detecting mistreatment.

The following may also be considered signs of possible abuse:

  • Change in behavior
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Bed sores or decubitus ulcers
  • Unknown fractures
  • Loss of weight
  • Neglect or dirty living conditions
  • Loss of energy
  • Financial problems
  • Physical pain
  • Infections, viruses or sexually transmitted diseases

Taking a Stand Against Nursing Home Abuse

Feelings of anger and betrayal are common reactions experienced by many people who discover their loved one is being abused at a skilled nursing facility. We have outlined some of the steps you may wish to take following these discoveries at our page here. Should you have further questions or wish to discuss your legal options for pursuing a civil lawsuit to recover compensation from the facility, we invite you to contact Nursing Home Law News here and an attorney will be in contact with you shortly.

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