Nursing home abuse can occur in various ways and is often easily missed. It’s not something you ever want to think about, but it’s possible that a loved one could be the victim of nursing home abuse. Recognizing the signs of nursing home abuse involves understanding the most common types. If you suspect nursing home abuse, you might be able to take legal action with the proper evidence. Here are some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse.
One of the most concerning possible nursing home abuse indicators is unexplained injuries. As we age, our bodies weaken, and sometimes minor bruising and other small injuries happen. But nursing homes and care facilities should be safe spaces for our vulnerable elderly loved ones. There should be precautions in place to prevent falls and other accidents that can cause significant injuries for aging residents. In the worst cases, unexplained injuries could be a sign that your loved one is being physically abused, so you should be wary if you notice this in your loved one.
Malnourishment or Dehydration
Nursing home facilities are expected to ensure that your loved one is getting the care they need, including enough to eat and drink. Some elderly residents cannot feed themselves, which means they are dependent on the nursing home staff for help. Ensure that they are not rapidly losing or gaining weight during their time at the nursing home. If you notice any signs of malnutrition, it is vital to hold the caregiver accountable.
Sudden Mood Changes
If your loved one is not acting like their usual self or has sudden emotional outbursts, it could be a sign of abuse or neglect. Patients are sometimes conditioned into thinking they cannot talk about cases of abuse by caregivers, and these symptoms can be a sign of ongoing mistreatment. Nursing home residents may be embarrassed, isolated, ignored, or psychologically tormented. Even if this occurs on a minor scale, it could significantly affect their behavior.
Experienced Nursing Home Malpractice Attorneys
Our elderly loved ones deserve extra protection, care, and love. Being neglected or suffering abuse at the hand of a trusted caregiver in a nursing home is incredibly painful. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse at a nursing home or assisted care facility, you should immediately contact an experienced nursing home malpractice attorney at The Snyder Law Group.
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