Making the decision to send an elderly loved one to a nursing home is a difficult one. What can make this process even more heartbreaking is finding out that your loved one is being abused.

Nursing home abuse is more common than you would believe – it occurs in one of every three nursing homes in the United States. Even in the most state-of-the-art facilities, there are workers who are often overworked and poorly trained, which, among other things, can result in nursing home abuse.

Despite being professional, clean and well-run, some of the best facilities are the most notorious for having the worst cases of abuse. There are some visible and not-so visible signs of abuse that, if caught early, can prevent your loved one from enduring nursing home abuse.

What Is Abuse?

Abuse can come in many forms, so knowing the nuances of abuse can help you readily identify whether your loved one has experienced abuse at their nursing home.

Abuse can be the intentional infliction of an injury, unreasonable confinement or even intimidation. This can manifest itself through the manner in which the nursing staff tends to your loved one or neglects to tend to them. Abusive behavior consists, primarily, of physical harm, pain or mental anguish.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

At times, signs of elder abuse at nursing homes can be non-physical in nature, making it very difficult to detect. It can take the form of verbal abuse and intimidation, forced isolation and much more. These forms of abuse can be just as cruel as physical abuse, if not worse. Here is a list of signs to look for if you suspect your loved one is being abused:

  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Sudden unexplained fluctuations in weight
  • Torn, stained or bloody clothing or bedding
  • Constant hunger or thirst
  • Unresponsiveness or sudden unwillingness to communicate
  • Infantile or other strange behaviors
  • Disappearance of personal items
  • Physical and emotional withdrawal
  • Burns and abrasions
  • Open wounds, bed sores or cuts

If you notice any of these signs or any unusual activity, you should notify the management of the facility where your loved one is staying immediately. If you are not satisfied with how the management is handling your concerns, then contact a nursing home abuse attorney immediately to ensure that your loved one is abused no more and the facility answers for their oversight.

If you have a loved one that you feel is being abused at their current nursing home, call us today so we can set up a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers.