Mental: Fear, agitation, hesitancy, depression, withdrawal, sudden behavior changes, unusual behavior patterns, unwillingness to communicate, disorientation, confusion, unjustified isolation, rude, humiliating, derogatory comments by staff, specific complaints by residents
Physical: Wounds, cuts, abrasions, burns, bruises, welts, swelling, broken bones, sudden, inexplicable weight loss, unexplained/hidden injuries, unwarranted restraints (either physical or chemical), specific complaints by residents
Nursing Home: Bed sores, unsanitary conditions, malnutrition, dehydration, smells of urine and/or feces, unkempt appearance, poor personal hygiene, untreated medical condition, specific complaints by residents
Financial: Sudden or unjustified selling of property, missing or stolen money or property, radical changes in handling financial affairs.What are some Recognizable Signs that Nursing Home Abuse Could be Occurring?
Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures in various stages of healing.
Bedsores or frozen joints.
Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; vaginal or anal bleeding; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing.
Sudden changes in behavior.
Staff refusing to allow visitors to see resident or delays in allowing visitors to see resident.
Staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitor.
Resident being kept in an over-medicated state.
Loss of resident's possessions.
Sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts or changes in banking practices.
Abrupt changes in will or other financial documents.How prevalent is nursing home abuse?
More than 1.6 million Americans reside in more than 16,000 nursing homes across this country. A 1998 study conducted by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) concluded that more than half of the suspicious deaths studied in nursing homes were probably due to nursing home neglect, including malnutrition an dehydration.How Can I Choose A Safe Nursing Home?
If I suspect nursing home abuse what can I do?
Many serious health problems and deaths can and have occurred because of nursing home neglect and abuse. If you suspect that your family member may be the victim of nursing home neglectyour immediate and decisive action can save any further tragedies from happening. The problem should be brought to the attention of the nursing home, and if problems do not cease then government assistance and legal assistance is available. Contacting your state attorney general’s office to report nursing home neglect or abuse and using the Nursing Home Law Group, P.C. can bring the matter to light and to justice. If you have any questions regarding the nursing home neglect or abuse of a family member in a nursing home, please Contact Us About Your Case.