10 Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Making the choice to place your loved one in a nursing home facility was likely not an easy decision to make. As you know, not all nursing facilities are created equal, which makes choosing one particularly difficult.

Unfortunately, about one in six elders experience abuse in nursing homes each year. In order to detect when abuse occurs, it’s critical to know the warning signs to look out for. Here are 10 signs that your loved one is experiencing abuse in their nursing home:

#1 – Withdrawal

It’s common for elders who endure abuse to withdraw from activities he or she enjoys.

#2 – Hygiene Concerns

The elder may start to look messy with unwashed hair or dirty clothing.

#3 – Sleeping Problems

The nursing home resident may not be able to sleep well as a result of fear and stress.

#4 – Peculiar Weight Loss

When an elder starts losing weight without an obvious reason, it’s possible that it is a result of abuse or neglect.

#5 – Behavioral Changes

If you begin to notice your loved one acting out, it could be due to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Neglect is also possible.

#6 – Signs of Trauma

Elders enduring abuse often exhibit signs of trauma. Such signs include:

  • Insomnia or nightmares

  • Fatigue

  • Getting startled easily

  • Concentration challenges

  • Rocking back and forth

  • Racing heartbeat

  • Edginess and agitation

  • Aches and pains

  • Muscle tension

#7 – Unexplained Wounds

Any of the following unexplained wounds may be an indication of abuse:

  • Bruises

  • Burns

  • Cuts

  • Scars

#8 – Broken Property

Broken eyeglasses or frames may indicate that an elder has endured abuse. Physical signs of punishment or restraint are also warning signs to pay attention to.

#9 – Bedsores

Bedsores aren’t always symptoms of abuse, but they are common among abused elders.

#10 – Problematic Living Conditions

If an elder’s living conditions appear hazardous, unsafe, or unclean, it is possible that he or she is experiencing abuse.

If you’ve noticed any of the above warning signs, it’s critical to reach out to a skilled nursing home abuse attorney right away. The longer you wait to seek help, the more your loved one will suffer. Don’t delay—reach out to our office right away with your questions.


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