Has Your Loved One Shown Signs of Abuse?
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a largely hidden issue because those who experience it are among the most vulnerable populations, and they aren’t always able to speak up for themselves.
That’s why it’s essential to visit your loved one regularly and be aware of any signs of abuse or neglect. In addition, there are several things to look out for that may be a sign of abuse. If you notice any signs or symptoms and believe your loved one is experiencing abuse, please call us.
Depression or Changes in Behavior
If you notice a dramatic change in your loved one’s behavior, such as crying, trembling, unusual frustration, fear, or anxiety, they may have experienced psychological or emotional trauma. For example, sudden behavioral changes could signify that staff members are taking their anger out on residents verbally, screaming at them in a degrading or embarrassing manner that causes them to become depressed. Even though no physical harm occurs, these types of verbal and emotional attacks can do severe physiological damage and should be treated just like any other form of abuse.
Dehydration or Malnutrition
Abusive facilities are notorious for neglecting the basic needs of elderly residents, depriving them of necessities such as food and water. Many seniors require assistance with daily activities, like eating. When caregivers fail to provide day-to-day help, it can severely impact an elder’s physical health and cause dehydration and malnutrition.
Bruises, Welts, or Lacerations
Physical signs of harm or distress, like bruises and cuts, are more obvious indications that your elderly loved one is possibly enduring mistreatment. Always be sure to note any new or unusual injuries and ask your family member how they occurred. If you suspect their injury is the result of nursing home abuse, please give us a call or fill out our online form to get in touch with us today. No one deserves to endure any type of abuse.