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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

October 19th, 2011

The best way to detect signs of nursing home abuse or neglect is to make frequent visits to the nursing home where your loved one is residing. Remeber, nursing home residents are not always in the right condition, physically or mentally, to communicate their situation to you in an accurate manner.

There are several different kinds of nursing home abuse that you should be aware of. These include physical abuse, Neglect, and verbal or emotional abuse.

Physical abuse includes the following:

  • Assaut
  • Battery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Battery
  • Rape
  • Unreasonable Physical Restraint
  • Prolonged or continual deprivation of food or water
  • Giving too much medication
  • Not giving needed medication
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Caretaker cannot adequately explain condition
  • Use of a physical or chemical restraint or psychotropic medication for any purpose not consistent with that authorized by the physician
  • Open wounds, cuts, bruises or welts
  • Elder reports of being slapped or mistreated
  • Slapping, pushing, shaking, beating
  • Forcing an older person to stay in a room

Neglect consists of, but is not limited to:

  • Physical neglect: disregard for the necessities of daily living
  • Medical neglect: lack of care for existing medical problems
  • Failure to prevent dehydration, malnutrition, and bed sores
  • Failure to assist in personal hygiene, or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter
  • Unsanitary and unclean conditions
  • Infections
  • Failure to protect from health and safety hazards
  • Poor access to medical services

Possible signs of verbal or emotional abuse may include resident behavior such as:

  • Emotionally upset or agitated
  • Extremely withdrawn and non-communicative
  • Unusual behavior (sucking, biting, rocking)
  • Humiliating, insulting, frightening, threatening or ignoring behavior towards family and friends
  • Wanting to be isolated from other people

Nursing home abuse is a serious crime. Learn and know the signs, and protect your loved one. Contact us today for a free consultation if you suspect that someone you love is a victim of nursing home abuse. Markman & Cannan are here to help and will fight for your loved one's rights.

Call our Bloomfield office at 877-784-8782 or contact us by e-mail. We pride ourselves on responsiveness and personalized attention. Mr. Markman offers a free consultation, including house calls for serious injury. We have Spanish and Portuguese speakers on staff.

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