Know the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

When you trust your parents or loved ones into the care of others, you hope that you can trust them to love and care for your relatives as you do. In many nursing homes, quality care is a priority, but sometimes a nurse, doctor, or caretaker can take advantage of their role and may harm residents. If this ever happens to your loved one, be prepared to know the signs of abuse and how to react. Below, we’ve compiled a list of common signs of nursing home abuse.

1. Lack of Cleanliness

The neglect of a nursing home resident can sometimes be plain to see. Perhaps the home is in disarray, smells unclean, or has old bedding that clearly has not been changed and washed as frequently as it should be. The resident may also have poor hygiene as a result of neglect. If the nurse or caretaker fails to wash the resident regularly, refusing baths or assistance with personal necessities, the poor hygiene would indicate possible neglect.

2. Poor Nutrition

Another possibility of neglect is lack of proper nutrition. Sometimes residents are not fed properly or frequently enough, or may not be receiving enough fluids to stay hydrated. If your loved one frequently tells you how hungry or thirst he or she is when you speak with them, this may be reason enough to ask the facility. Weight loss could also be another sign of lack of nutrition or hydration. Whether it is simply an oversite by the facility or done maliciously, it is not safe and could lead to malnutrition and other serious health issues.

3. Injuries

Physical abuse is most clearly displayed through visible injury. If a resident has frequent, unexplainable injuries, this could be a sign of physical abuse. They may also seem less willing to move, instead choosing to stay in bed. If this is not typical behavior, question it and ask them if anything is wrong.

4. Change in Behavior

Unfortunately, some types of nursing home abuse may not show physical signs, but that doesn’t make them any less difficult to see. If your loved one is acting differently, appearing moody, distant or reluctant to discuss their home, they may be suffering emotional abuse. Emotional abuse goes well beyond hurt feelings. It can lead to psychological issues and can even lead to mental impairment. If you notice any change in behavior, act immediately.

5. Financial Changes

Not all abuse is physical, someone could be taking advantage of your loved one in a financial aspect. If you notice bills left unpaid, excessive gifts to non-family members or unknown persons, or unexplained expenses, these could indicate exploitation.

If you notice any of the above signs be a resident of a nursing home, seek help immediately. Neglect, emotional and physical abuse are serious issues that should be handled quickly before any more serious damage is done. Protect your loved ones and others, and take legal action.

Contact The Trial Professionals P.A. for help with your nursing home abuse case in Orlando, Florida.

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