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Watch Out for These Symptoms of Physical Abuse of Your Loved One by Nursing Home Staff

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No one ever wants to make the difficult choice of placing a parent or other elderly relative in a nursing home. However, when they can no longer take care of themselves—either due to physical or mental medical conditions—these older family members may need the care that a nursing home can provide. Sadly, no matter how much people investigate nursing homes before making a placement decision, they may later suspect that the nursing home staff is physically abusing their loved ones.

Signs of Elder Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes

Physical abuse of an elderly patient involves the non-accidental use of force against the person, causing him to suffer pain, injuries, impairments, or death. Physical abuse can take many forms, such as:

  • Hitting, shoving, slapping, or kicking
  • Pulling hair
  • Burning
  • Giving the wrong amount of medication
  • Restraining unnecessarily
  • Force feeding
  • Sexual abuse

Family members must be watch for the signs of physical abuse because the elderly person being abused may not be realize this is occurring or be able to protect himself. Clues to look for include:

  • Unexplained signs of injury, like bruises, welts, or scars
  • Broken, sprained, or dislocated bones
  • Reports of medication overdoses or the apparent failure of the patient to take medication regularly
  • Broken eyeglasses or frames
  • Signs of physical restraint, such as marks on the person’s wrists or ankles
  • Scars or burn marks
  • Repeated falls by the elderly patient
  • Blood or other discharge from the person’s mouth or nose
  • Bruises around the breasts or genitals
  • Genital infections or venereal disease
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Torn, stained, or bloodied undergarments

If you suspect a family member suffered injuries from physical abuse in a nursing home, you need to contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible to learn if your loved one has legal claims against the nursing home that you will need to help him pursue. Fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation to learn how I can assist you.

Category: Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect


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