Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is one of the most despicable things that can happen to your elderly family members. The idea that members of a nursing home who are responsible for the care and well-being of your loved ones might abuse them, instead, is absolutely intolerable. In cases where you suspect nursing home abuse, it’s important to take action quickly. You don’t want your loved ones exposed to abuse, and correcting the situation as soon as you become aware of it is a top priority. The circumstances of the nursing home abuse may determine what you choose to do and how you take action.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

If you suspect nursing home abuse, look for these common warning signs of nursing home abuse:

  • Injuries or physical signs of neglect;
  • Frequent and insistent complaints about the nursing home or specific staff members;
  • Unusual behavior changes;
  • Staff refusing to allow visitors to be alone with resident;
  • Frequent arguments or tension between the caregiver and resident;
  • Delays or refusal to allow visitors to see the resident;
  • Unexplained or frequent injuries;
  • Bloody or stained clothing;
  • Signs of neglect, such as bedsores, poor hygiene, weakness, weight loss, soiled bedding, constant thirst, over-medication, or hazardous living conditions;
  • Behavioral changes such as personality changes, fear of being alone, anger, lack of interest, anxiety, changes in alertness, or outright complaint;
  • Humiliating or rude comments from the staff.

If one or more of these signs is present, your family member may be experiencing nursing home abuse. If most or all of the signs are present, you may want to take immediate action to remove your loved one and launch an investigation. Even if these signs aren’t present, you can’t rule out nursing home abuse; if you have reason to suspect it, it’s worthwhile to consult an experienced attorney who can advise you what steps to take next.