The abuse of the elderly in nursing homes is a sobering thought. You cannot be there for your loved ones at all times, but there are some key signs to keep in mind when you suspect elder abuse.
Types of Elder Abuse
Neglect — Neglect is most often identified by injuries. These can be minor cuts and bruises or more severe, like unexplained falling incidents or bed sores. Victims may also be unshaven, dirty, or in soiled and old clothing. Sometimes neglect can lead to victims being ill from repeat infections or from conditions that are supposed to be contained with medication.
Physical abuse —Physical and sexual abuse can be hard to spot, but most often encompasses more severe injuries that cannot be explained away by normal illness or occurrences. If your loved one has pronounced injuries like bruises , head injuries, broken bones, or injury to their genitals, it’s best to consult with outside resources right away.
Emotional abuse — Emotional abuse usually manifests are mental symptoms in the elderly. Nursing home staff might be verbally aggressive and resort to threats, humiliation, shouting, and manipulation. Passive forms of emotional abuse may occur, such as ignoring the victim for long periods of time or punishing them by isolating them from other people.
Financial abuse — Financial abuse can be obvious stealing of a victim’s assets. Banks accounts may fluctuate or empty unexpectedly or valuables may disappear from the victim’s room or home. Other forms of financial abuse may be phone scams phishing or financial information or unneeded policies taken out in the victim’s name.
Do you have a loved one that has been injured due to nursing home neglect? Want to know if you have a legal case? Want to know what your nursing home abuse case is worth? Want justice for your loved ones? Want to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else?
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