October 22, 2014

I suspect my loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse. What should I do?

elder woman in nursing homeWhen your loved one moves into a nursing home, they should be able to trust they will receive a high level of care from a trustworthy and experienced staff. Unfortunately, many nursing home employees earn low wages for hard work and, as a result, become disgruntled and act in a neglectful or hurtful manner toward residents. Nursing home abuse has become a serious problem in the United States, as almost six million cases were reported in 2010 alone. No elderly or disabled person should have to suffer abuse, however many feel helpless and do not know how to remedy the situation. Therefore, loved ones should always be aware of the signs that may indicate their loved one has been abused in a nursing home. If you suspect your loved one has suffered abuse, you should always contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Philadelphia for help as soon as possible.

Nursing home abuse can be physical, emotional, or in the form of neglect. The following are some common signs of nursing home abuse and/or neglect:

  • Unexplained injuries, such as contusions or bruises, often in different stages of healing
  • Drastic changes in mood, behavior, or demeanor
  • Acting fearful of human contact
  • Poor personal hygiene, soiled clothes or bed linens
  • Marks on wrists and legs or other signs they have been restrained
  • Being over or under medicated
  • Significant weight changes, hair loss, or other signs of malnutrition
  • Open sores or ulcers
  • Showing fear of certain members of the staff
  • Not being allowed to visit with your loved one alone

You should visit your loved one as much as possible and make sure they feel comfortable confiding in you if they are suffering from abuse.

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