Nursing home abuse is an unfortunate reality for many elders. This type of abuse can take on different forms including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse, as well as neglect among others.
Observing Signs of Mistreatment
There are various reasons why nursing home abuse exists. It could arise from a caregiver that takes out their frustration on a nursing home resident. Since many residents are too weak or even incapacitated to fend for themselves, they can easily be taken advantage of.
If your loved one is in a nursing home, there are several warning signs of abuse to be aware of:
- If your loved one is having more trouble moving from one place to another, and is showing signs of aches and ailments, it could be from not receiving the necessary level of assistance with regular physical exercise routines.
- Your loved one might be showing more bruises, scratches or even broken or dislocated bones that could be from not being handled with care. Sometimes, nursing home residents aren’t properly moved to their chairs or bed, which can result in falls or other types of physical harm.
- A significant amount of weight loss could be proof of not being fed properly. Your loved one could be malnourished or even dehydrated. Check for a dry mouth and chapped lips, as well as less frequent trips to the bathroom, which could arise from being fed less.
- A strong body odor might signify a lack of being showered regularly or receiving other forms of basic personal care including getting their clothes laundered and toileting. You should look out for clothing stains, which also include urine or other odor-causing marks.
- Not having the necessary level of supervision will largely result in slips or falls, which can threaten your loved one’s health. Whenever you notice more recurrent mysterious falls, it’s usually due to neglect.
- A change in your loved one’s mood could be a sign of emotional stress, depression, or fatigue. If you notice that they’re uninterested in taking part in regular activities and are tending to keep to themselves, it could even be a sign of feeling threatened by those responsible for the abuse.
- One of the most common forms of abuse is giving nursing home residents a higher dose of medication that can take a toll on their health. Check for whether your loved one seems to be sleepier or drowsier than usual, or even unaware of their surroundings.
Some nursing home residents who endure abuse will voice their concerns and show a cry for help, but many are sometimes fearful of getting punished, so they opt to stay silent. Whatever the case may be, all nursing home residents have rights, and it’s critical for you to know about those rights, too.
Getting the Help of a Skilled Attorney
The law office of Eric J. Hertz can help you learn more about nursing home abuse and the rights of your loved one. Our attorneys are experts in the field with a proven track record. For more information about our services, contact us today, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.