Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing homes have a responsibility to provide safe and adequate care for residents. However, it is estimated that nearly 2 million nursing home patients suffer from abuse or neglect each year in the United States. Many elderly residents are weak and unable to defend themselves, and they may lack the mental capacity to speak up and identify their abusers. That is why it is important to pay attention to warning signs and to take action to protect your loved ones.

The Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

1. Physical Abuse

Physical abuse involves punching, kicking, hitting, pinching, and shoving elderly nursing home residents. It may also involve neglect of basic needs, and the use of physical or chemical restraints on the resident. Victims of physical abuse may suffer painful sores and other injuries.

Signs of physical abuse include:

  • Unexplained bruises or welts
  • Signs of restraints on the wrists and ankles
  • Broken eyeglasses
  • Bedsores
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Broken or fractured bones

2. Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is the exploitation of an elderly resident for sexual gratification. This may involve rape, forced nudity, sexual assault, unwanted touching, and other sexual acts. Victims of sexual abuse may suffer a variety of emotional and physical symptoms.

Signs of sexual abuse include:

  • Bruises around the breasts or genital area
  • Bloody underwear
  • Fear of particular staff members
  • Unexplained STDs
  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Pain and stiffness

3. Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse is more difficult to identify. It involves manipulating, yelling at, belittling, or threatening a nursing home resident. While not always apparent, there are some signs that can alert you to psychological abuse.

Signs of psychological abuse include:

  • Fear of particular staff members
  • Moodiness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Changes in grooming habits and personal hygiene

What to Do If You Suspect Your Loved One Is a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse

If you notice any of these signs, it may be an indicator that your elderly family member is a victim of nursing home abuse. You should transfer your loved one to a different location to get him or her out of danger. You also need to file a police report and notify the nursing home management of the incident. It is also important to hire an experienced attorney who can gather evidence, build your case, and tenaciously fight for justice against abusive nursing home staff.

Call Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC Today at (859) 534-9327

At Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC, we are passionate about holding abusive nursing home staff accountable in court. Our Lexington nursing home abuse attorneys are compassionate, and will guide you through the legal process. We will answer your questions, help you file the necessary documents, and represent you aggressively as you seek justice from those responsible.

Contact our office today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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