Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Although all nursing homes are under state and federal regulations to provide adequate care for their residents, many of these facilities fail to provide proper care. No one wants to place their loved ones in a facility that will mistreat them, but often times it can be difficult to determine signs of nursing home abuse or neglect. In order to learn how to choose a proper nursing home for your loved one, read the signs of the four types of nursing home abuse and neglect below.
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Signs of Physical Abuse
Bruises, bedsores, scratches, cuts, black eyes, and broken bones are some, but not all, of the signs of patient physical abuse. Physical abuse can also include the improper use of restraints, and it can be combined with other types of abuse. For example, if a patient is strapped into their bed and ignored all day, even if they soil themselves, then both physical and emotional abuse has occurred.
Signs of Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse is the most difficult type of abuse to detect, especially among those whose minds have begun to deteriorate. Some signs to watch for include, but are not limited to: low self esteem, sudden mood swings, an attitude of hopelessness or fear, avoiding eye contact, or refusing to answer how they’re doing.
Emotional abuse can cause psychological trauma, and can occur not only when a patient is verbally insulted or attacked, but also when they are ignored or isolated from social activities.
Signs of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can be hard to detect among nursing home patients, because the physical signs aren’t often obvious and many patients lack the ability to communicate. Physical signs are likely only to be detected by a doctor, and sometimes only if the doctor is asked to look for them. Sexual abuse can also lead to emotional trauma, which can sometimes be detected, depending on the patient’s ability to communicate.
Signs of Financial Abuse
Financial abuse is one of the most common types of nursing home abuse. Financial abuse can occur in a variety of ways including through the theft of money or property. Abusers can trick, manipulate, or force patients into giving up personal or financial data. Sometimes, the nursing home itself can manipulate the patient into giving the facility income that they aren’t entitled to.
Financial abuse also takes the form of manipulating deeds, trusts, or wills. Fortunately, this type of abuse often leaves indisputable records, which can be used by the victim or their family to seek compensation for any losses suffered.
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If your loved one has shown signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, you can get help. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our Chicago nursing home attorneys have extensive experience handling nursing home abuse cases, and we can review your case with you.
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