Elder Issues

Signs of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

The elderly and the disabled are one of the most vulnerable people in society. Though nursing homes are there to provide care and shelter for them, there are instances where your beloved family members experience abuse and neglect. What is worse is that you will not be there to protect or save them from the abusive and neglectful tendencies of nursing home employees.

But what are the signs that someone has been experiencing abuse and neglect in a nursing home? First, it should be mentioned that abuses can take different forms, like physical abuse, emotional abuse, and financial exploitation. You can look for the signs in relation to these forms of abuse.

According to an informative article from the website of Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, the warning signs for physical abuse are unexplained injuries, such as bruises, sores, burns, cuts, and broken bones.

Nursing home abuse can also be sexual. If your loved one has blood stains, rips in undergarments, sudden trouble in standing and walking, pain in pelvic areas, and or newly discovered STDs, he or she may be experiencing some form of sexual abuse.

Aside from wounds and the like, these experiences have deeper effects, not just for the victim, but also for you, the victim’s family member. These effects are emotional and psychological issues.
If your loved one seems to have unexplained or uncharacteristic changes in behavior, he or she may be experiencing emotional abuse from the nursing home employees. This can lead to post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.

In its own way, neglect can also be a sign of abuse. If you visit your family member and find out that he or she lacks basic hygiene, food, medicine, or other aids, he or she may be experiencing neglect from the nursing home employees.

Again, this may have its emotional and psychological effects, that may also bring further financial damages to you and your family.

It can be very overwhelming to discover that your loved one is experiencing abuse and neglect from other people, especially from people who are supposed to take care of him or her. So before it gets worse, be assertive and always look for signs of abuse and neglect.

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