Is My Loved One Being Abused? Signs of Abuse in Nursing Homes

Posted by on Jan 10, 2016 in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury | 0 comments

We only want the best for our loved ones. That’s why we are channeling a substantial amount of our time, effort, and resources just to get the best nursing home that would look after them and take care of their needs. However, can we really be sure that our loved one is getting the care that they truly deserve? Furthermore, can we really guarantee that our loved one is free from any form of nursing home abuse?

According to the website of the Law Offices of Ronald Resmini, more than a third of long term care homes in the country have been in violation of the federal law on the abuse of the elderly. Also, more than 90% of nursing homes are understaff, not to mention a survey that revealed that more than half of nursing aides have admitted to mistreat their patients at least once for the past 12 months. These shocking numbers tell us one thing: that our elderlies are not safe, and so we have to be vigilant enough to detect any signs of nursing home abuse.

The physical manifestations of nursing home abuse are:

  • Unintended weight loss
  • Dehydration, malnutrition
  • Bed sores, rashes
  • Unexplained bruises, broken bones

The emotional manifestations of nursing home abuse are:

  • Anxiety, lack of vigor and affection
  • Fearfulness, especially when a nursing home aide is around
  • Lack of personal hygiene, or the reluctance in keeping oneself clean
  • Lack of motivation to socialize, wants to be alone

The financial manifestations of nursing home abuse are:

  • Missing items/valuables
  • Unexplained withdrawals
  • Ignored requests for needed medical assistance
  • Forged documents to extend custody

Abuse is punishable to the fullest extent permitted by the applicable law. The only challenge, however, is that most cases of nursing home abuse remain unreported and undocumented. One way to report an a suspected elder abuse is by contacting Adult Protective Services (APS), which has presence in every state across U.S.

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