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Nursing Home Abuse: Signs To Watch Out For

Making the decision to put a loved one into the care of a nursing home can be a highly emotional process, but news reports about nursing home abuse make things even more difficult.  No matter how thoroughly you research the facility that you select, there is always the nagging sensation that you might have missed something, or that the facility itself is not as careful as they should be in screening their employees, and you are right to worry. Statistics indicate that roughly one in ten nursing home residents are victimized by abuse and that beyond that number, one in 14 cases is never detected or reported. As the child, friend or relative of a nursing home resident, this means that once your loved one is situated, you need to be even more vigilant and keep alert for the numerous warning signs of abuse.

To be on the lookout for abuse, you must also understand that it can come in several different forms, including physical, emotional, sexual, and financial. Residents can also be subject to neglect by caregivers, which can also be deadly. The signs that you need to watch out for are extensive, and include:

  • Changes in personality
  • Tension between the resident and caregiver
  • Unexplained injuries, including bruises
  • Broken bones, sprains or dislocations
  • Broken eyeglasses
  • Restraint marks on wrists
  • Caregiver refusing to allow you to be alone with the resident
  • Rocking, sucking or mumbling
  • Withdrawal
  • Bruising around breasts or genitals
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Torn, stained or bloody sheets or underwear
  • Substantial withdrawals of money from accounts
  • Personal items and cash missing
  • Unexplained and inappropriate credit card purchases

Signs of neglect include:

  • Weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration
  • Bed sores
  • Dirty sheets, clothing, unchanged diapers
  • Resident is dirty or unbathed
  • Clothing inappropriate or insufficient
  • Hazardous or insufficient conditions in environment, including lack of heat or hot water, obstacles in hallways
  • Residents left sitting unattended in public places

There are a number of reasons why nursing home abuse takes place. Caring for an infirm person can be immensely rewarding but can also be exhausting and stressful, particularly when caring for a number of residents. Nursing home employees are often overworked and underpaid and the facilities themselves are often understaffed. Because finding appropriate staff can be difficult, many facilities cut corners, skipping essential background checks and hiring staff members who are underqualified, lack appropriate training and are insufficiently supervised.

Placing a loved one into the care of a nursing home facility is a matter of trust, and when that trust is betrayed and a resident shows signs of being a victim of abuse or neglect, it is essential that you act quickly and decisively in order to ensure that they are safe and protected.  Take whatever action is necessary, including taking photos of injuries, gathering medical records and removing them to another facility, informing the authorities and filing a complaint with the appropriate agencies. The compassionate, experienced nursing home abuse attorney from Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers

can help you with this process and assist you in holding the responsible parties accountable.

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