Signs of Abuse in Nursing Homes

Nursing home abuse can take many forms such as: inflicting injury intentionally, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, care/service deprivation or punishment that results in physical harm, pain or mental anguish. Whether you’re a family member, friend or professional caretaker, recognizing the signs of nursing home abuse can help you to take timely action.

The warning signs of nursing home abuse include:

Suspicious injuries: Physical injuries like bruises, broken bones, lacerations, scars, welts, sprains, dislocations and restraint marks on wrists and ankles can be an indication of abuse.

Caregiver behavior: The behavior of caregivers can show warning signs. For instance, if the caregiver seems frightened in the presence of the nursing home resident or is reluctant or unwilling to give you privacy when visiting. This could be a possible sign of several types of abuse, including physical, emotional, verbal, or financial abuse.

Damaged property: It’s important to be aware of your loved one’s property damage whenever visiting them. Broken furniture, torn clothing or other damaged property may be indicative of physical abuse.

Changes in behavior: Unusual or sudden changes in behavior can be an indication of physical or emotional abuse of the nursing home resident. Signs to watch for are: attitude toward the facility and its staff, withdrawal, exhibiting signs of dementia, rapid physical deterioration, or intensification of mental ailments.

Unexpected or unexplained death: Nursing home residents are usually elderly and suffering from physical ailments. Physical abuse at the hands of a younger, healthier person may possibly result in death.

Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C

At Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C, we have a proven reputation for results in nursing home abuse. We are committed to protecting your loved one and obtaining financial compensation for injuries and elder abuse. Call us today at (800) 711-5258/(845) 459-0001/(201) 690-7735 or email at kgg@kgglaw.com.


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