Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Far beyond comprehension of many people, residents in nursing homes are deprived of the most basic needs such as food, water, medicine, toileting, grooming and other daily care routines. For this reason, residents in today’s nursing homes are starved, dehydrated and suffer from painful pressure sores.

Different Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Many people have relatives that live in nursing homes due to the constant medical attention that is required. While abuse and neglect might not always be obvious, there are certain signs that could reveal that a person is not treated properly:

Emotional abuse

  • Non-communicative and extremely withdrawn
  • Unusual behavior, such as rocking, sucking, biting
  • Confusion or sudden dementia


  • Underfed
  • Dehydrated
  • Under medicated
  • Unsanitary and unclean conditions

Physical abuse

  • Bed-sores
  • Skin damage
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Loss of weight
  • Burns
  • Fearfulness

If you suspect, or if you have witnessed, abuse in a nursing home, you should seek medical attention immediately if the circumstances require it. Your next step should then be to contact the local police and other agencies in order to investigate the complaint. As criminal abuse of the elderly is not acceptable, you should also seek the help of a qualified attorney.

Attorneys specialized in nursing home abuse and neglect have experience in these type of cases and they know the legal rights of the nursing home resident. Not only can those rights be rectified and enforced, but at the same time, legal action can be taken against the nursing home and/or the abusive staff member particularly. While monetary damages for the abused can be claimed, a lawsuit with adequate consequences may also set an example for other care institutions, which may then save many others from pointless nursing home abuse and uncalled for neglect.

Have you or someone you know fallen victim to nursing home abuse? If so, contact one of our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers in your area today!