Entrusting a loved one to a nursing home can be an emotional step for family members. One of their greatest fears is likely that their loved one would suffer nursing home abuse and neglect which is why family members should know what to watch for and what the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect are.
Types of nursing home abuse
There are several different categories of nursing home abuse and neglect for families to be on the lookout for including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect
Signs of physical abuse of victims can include bed sores, dehydration, malnutrition, unusual bruising, unexplained falls and broken bones, unusual weight loss and open areas of the skin. In additional, signs of emotional abuse can include isolation and if the victim seems to be suffering from threats and harassment. If the resident does not want to speak freely in front of nursing home staff, it can be a sign that abuse or neglect is taking place. Overmedication can also be a sign of nursing home abuse and neglect. If the resident is wondering, that, too, can be a sign of nursing home abuse and neglect.
When nursing home abuse and neglect takes place it robs victims and families of safety and comfort and can leave victims with nursing home injuries and other harm. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims and their families which is an important legal protection they should be familiar with if they spot signs of nursing home abuse and neglect.