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Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect: Caring To Make A Difference

It’s never easy placing a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Of course, you expect that they will provide the best care possible for your family members. Sadly, that’s not always the case. In fact, nursing home abuse is on the rise. Each year, about one of four nursing homes is cited for causing death or injury to a resident.

Nursing home abuse is illegal and needs to be stopped. Unfortunately, incidents are rarely reported to the proper authorities. Residents may be reluctant to complain for fear of retaliation or embarrassment, and family and friends of the victim might be unaware of the common signs of abuse.

Fortunately, there are actions you can take to protect your loved one and prevent future incidents from occuring. Certainly, if you suspect that abuse is occuring, you should immediately talk to an experienced and knowledgeable nursing home abuse lawyer such as E.J. Saad Law Firm. Our attorneys can help you stop the abuse, fight back and get financial compensation for your loved one. Click here to learn more E.J. Saad Law Firm’s Nursung Home Abuse Services.

Another thing you can do is to learn the signs of nursing home abuse. Abuse isn’t always easy to spot and it can take many forms—from emotional and financial abuse and neglect to physical assault. While the warning signs of elder abuse can be subtle, awareness can enable you to quickly identify and respond to elder abuse.

WARNING SIGNS OF ABUSE

If you notice that your loved one exhibits warning signs of abuse, take immediate action. Warning signs may include:

GENERAL SIGNS OF ABUSE

  • Staff refuses to allow visitors to see resident, or delays in allowing visitors to see resident
  • Staff does not allow visitors to be alone with resident
  • Frequent arguments or tension between the caregiver and resident

PHYSICAL ABUSE

  • Unexplained new or frequent injuries such as bruises, burns, cuts or broken bones
  • Bloody or stained clothing

NEGLECT

  • Complaints about painful blisters or abrasions
  • Bedsores
  • Poor hygiene
  • Weakness or inexplicable weight loss
  • Soiled bedding
  • Constant thirst or extremely dry skin
  • Hazardous or unsafe living conditions
  • Over-medication

BEHAVIORAL CHANGES

  • Sudden personality changes
  • Uncharacteristic anger, lack of interest, or anxiety
  • Fear of being alone
  • Overwhelming sadness and frequent crying
  • Change in alertness
  • Outright complaint
  • Rude or humiliating comments by staff