Nursing home residents are vulnerable to various types of abuse by caregivers. It is a tragic occurrence that unfortunately may be more common than most people think due to a lack of reporting. The types of abuse that occur within nursing homes include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse as well as various forms of neglect.
Reporting nursing home abuse is important to prevent further harm. Here are a few warning signs of abuse within long-term care facilities.
Unexplained physical injuries like cuts, bruises, sores, or even broken bones are a major red flag within nursing homes. These are typically the most obvious signs of abuse and the first ones noticed by family members.
Like with many other victims of abuse, elders who are suffering from maltreatment often exhibit changes in their behavior. Signs to look out for include being afraid of certain people, agitation, isolation, anxiety, and depression.
Symptoms of Neglect
Those who have family members in nursing homes should always lookout for signs of neglect like malnutrition, dehydration, poor hygiene, infections, and illnesses.
The financial exploitation of nursing home residents is sadly becoming increasingly common. Nursing home staff may find it tempting to take advantage of their more affluent residents. Financial abuse can be committed by staff members who steal cash or checkbooks, commit identity theft, or trick residents into transferring assets.