Nursing home abuse is a common and unfortunate reality in facilities across
the country - and it can take many forms. Whether it is neglect, emotional
abuse, physical harm, or sexual assault, no form of elder abuse should
Abuse: The intentional and willing infliction of harm that results in pain and
suffering, physical injury, or emotional / psychological anguish.
Neglect: A failure to uphold the duty of providing care and services so as to prevent
harm, pain, or anguish.
As America’s aging population is frequently turning to assisted living
homes and other facilities to ensure their daily needs are met, nursing
homes have become a fixture in many communities across the country. Unfortunately,
more residents and more homes bring the potential for abuse and neglect
- and the possibility that they may not always be immediately detected.
Because elderly victims aren’t always able to speak out about abuse
or neglect - or because they are not willing to speak out - it becomes
the responsibility of friends and family members to learn how to identify
possible warning signs. Below are some of the common signs of signs of
abuse or neglect.
Physical Abuse & Neglect
- Bruises, abrasions, or broken bones
- Restraint marks
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Unsanitary or unclean conditions
- Unwillingness to talk about injuries
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Unusual personality changes or depression
- Fear of caregivers / poor relationships with caregivers
- Isolation from others
- Unexplained withdrawal from typical activities
- Changes in financial situation
- Missing belongings
- Unusual credit card purchases
- Identity theft
- Changes to a person’s will
The National Center on Elder Abuse states that although elder abuse is
common, it’s difficult to determine how many victims suffer because
it is so difficult to detect. Remember, victims of abuse and neglect have
legal rights, and by being vigilant and taking a stand, you can help protect
your family and loved ones from suffering preventable harm.
If you have questions about nursing home abuse and neglect and how our
legal team at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs may be able to help you file
a claim for compensation,
contact our firm for a free review of your case.