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How to Spot Elder Abuse in a Nursing Home


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It’s sad to think that we live in a world where nursing home abuse takes place, but unfortunately, it is a reality. Elderly adults are in a vulnerable state of being, often due to diminished cognitive functioning and limited mobility. This makes them a target for those who would prey upon the weak and defenseless.

There are ways to make elder abuse stop, especially abuse that takes place in nursing homes. If enough people fight against this horrible behavior, measures can be put into place that will protect our elderly loved ones.

One way to prevent elder abuse from happening to someone you love is to pay attention. Watch for the signs that something isn’t right. Below we’ve listed some of the signs to look out for so that you can remove your loved one from a nursing home that isn’t protecting the elderly adults in its care.

What is Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

Any time an elderly person is mistreated, abused, neglected, or taken advantage of while under the care of a nursing home facility is considered nursing home abuse. Staff members perpetrate most types of abuse, but other nursing home residents can also commit nursing home abuse.

Neglect is a common form of abuse, but there are other types of abuse to watch for, too. They include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Mental/psychological abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect/malnourishment
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse

Signs of Elder Abuse in a Nursing Home

There are many different signs of nursing home abuse, and some of the signs can indicate other issues unrelated to nursing home abuse, so you will need to watch carefully to determine whether or not your loved one is being well cared for. Here are some of the common signs of abuse:

  • Bruises, scratches, and broken bones
  • Fearful behavior or withdrawal
  • Dirty and disheveled appearance, weight loss, and torn or ripped clothing
  • Anxiety, depression, or mood or personality changes
  • Repeated illness or other health issues

Seeking Compensation When an Elderly Loved One Has Been Abused

If you watch carefully, hopefully you’ll be able to prevent your loved one’s abuse. Unfortunately, not all abuse can be spotted in advance, but even if your loved one has already experienced abuse, you have options. You can seek damages against the abuser so that your loved one can have justice for this experience.

Additionally, you may need monetary compensation for any financial losses this situation has caused in your life or your loved one’s life. A personal injury lawyer can help with this.

Reach Out to an Elder Abuse Attorney to Discuss Your Case

Protecting our elders should be a top priority in all communities. Nursing homes have the duty to do everything possible to protect and care for those at their facilities. When a nursing home has failed to keep your loved one safe, you can seek justice. Filing a personal injury claim will help to prevent elder abuse from happening to someone else.

Discuss your case during a free and confidential case assessment. You can reach an experienced, compassionate lawyer at the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo by completing the online communication form below. You can also reach our office directly by dialing 561-659-6366.

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