Nursing home abuse typically doesn’t get a lot of press, and most people are unaware of how important this issue is. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, there are several signs of nursing home abuse you need to be aware of. More than half a million senior citizens are abused in nursing homes every year.
Nursing home abuse is usually classified with one of six categories. Regardless of the category, here the top five signs of nursing home abuse.
- Fear– Often times the victim will be visibly fearful and unwilling to talk with you if their abuser is present. Be on the lookout for any staff members that make your loved one feel uncomfortable. The victim might not say anything about the abuse, so you need to be vigilant.
- Hygiene– One of the telltale signs of neglect is poor hygiene. In this case, the victim might smell like feces or body odor because they are not getting the care they need.
- Behavior– Change in behavior can be a sign of old age, but it can also be a sign of abuse. Mood swings, depression, and anxiety can sometimes result from abuse. It’s best to let a doctor, who doesn’t work for the nursing home, determine if the change in behavior is old age or abuse.
- Malnutrition– Unexplained weight loss, dehydration, cracked lips, and dry mouth are all possible symptoms of malnutrition. This can be a serious problem because malnutrition can lead to a long list of other illnesses and conditions.
- Bedsores– Perhaps the most noticeable sign of abuse, bedsores happen when the victim is confined to their bed and the caretakers are not taking proper precautions.
These five signs are not the only signs of nursing home abuse, so if you think you’re loved one is being abused or neglected call the Law Offices of Flint & Soyars for a free consultation today.