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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

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Nursing home abuse may be physical, sexual, emotional, financial, neglect, self-neglect, and abandonment. Each type of nursing home abuse has unique warning signs to know and understand. Get the facts on each type of nursing home abuse so you know how to ensure your elderly loved one remains safe.

A Variety of Warning Signs

Get informed on each type of nursing home abuse and their telltale warning signs so you know what to look out for the next time you visit your elderly loved one in their facility.

  • Signs of physical abuse: Unexplained broken bones or bruises, cuts and lacerations, marks on the wrists or ankles from ropes, evidence of too much or too little medication, broken eyeglasses, and more.
  • Signs of sexual abuse: Unexplained STDs or genital infections, bruises near the genital areas, underwear that is stained or torn, and more.
  • Signs of emotional abuse: The elderly person is noncommunicative, withdrawn, angry, or upset, or the elderly person exhibits behavior that mimics dementia.
  • Signs of financial abuse: Changes in the elderly person’s bank account or financial status, changes to legal documents, the disappearance of the elderly person’s possessions, forged signatures on legal documents or financial transactions, and more.
  • Signs of neglect: Unsanitary or unsafe living conditions, untreated bed sores or other medical issues, malnutrition, dehydration, and more.
  • Signs of self-neglect: Self-neglect is defined as the behavior of an elderly person that threatens their own safety, and can include the elderly person’s refusal to provide themselves with adequate food and water, clothing, shelter, and more.
  • Signs of abandonment: Desertion of the elderly person in a public place or in a nursing home or a report from the elderly person that they have been deserted.

If you suspect any of these signs of abuse, bring it to the attention of the facility’s staff. If you directly witness abuse, contact the authorities.

Working with an experienced attorney can help ensure your elderly loved one obtains justice. At Wagner Reese, our attorneys will secure supporting evidence including photos of the elderly person’s injuries and written testimony from them and any witnesses.

Nursing home abuse is a heinous crime that cannot go unaddressed. If you suspect your loved one has experienced nursing home abuse, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Contact us at (888) 204-8440 to learn how we can assist you.


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