If you have a loved one in a nursing home you should be aware of what are the signs of nursing home abuse are. While the majority of people do not end up the victims of negligence, there is still a stunningly high percentage of people that do when the percentage should be zero. For this reason, you need to make sure that you pay attention to the following list so that if you see anything you can immediately take action. The last thing you want to do is wait too long to take action when it comes to the health and wellbeing of your loved one.
The most obvious sign of nursing home abuse is regular bruising. Of course, you do not want to wait until the last minute to act on bruising because you want to protect them as soon as possible. However, it can be easy to miss. Therefore, pay special attention to your loved one and always watch for bruising. If they are not prone to bruising and you notice a bruise pop up then this should be the first warning sign. A second bruise likely means that you should take action and file a complaint against the nursing home abuse.
As people age, their skin becomes brittle so it can be hard to tell when bruising is unusual. It is not that unusual for elderly people to start to bruise after simple bumps. Small casual bumps that occur from hitting the guard rail of the bed or similar circumstances are normal, but large bruises that continue to pop up on a regular basis are not. The nursing home is required by law to document any bruising, so make sure that they do and ask to sign the report so that you can identify any suspicious bruises and have a well kept record to fall back on that cannot be disputed if you need to take action.
Discomfort to Touch
Sometimes the elderly cannot speak for themselves due to dementia, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases. However, just because they cannot tell you that they are being neglected via speech does not mean that they do not have other ways to convey to you that you are being hurt. One thing you will want to watch is if they flinch when you touch them. If they appear to be uncomfortable every time you touch them this might be an indication that someone in the nursing home is hurting them creating the fear of touch.
Finally, unexplained rashes or other skin irritations that do not have a logical or medical explanation can be the result of abuse. For instance, if an adult diaper is not changed regularly as it should be they will develop painful rashes that could have been prevented. This becomes a case of negligence, and is just one of the many ways that an elderly person can be neglected. Dirty clothing, unwashed face, and other similar situations also point to regular signs of abuse and should be an indication that something is not right.
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