• Signs of Nursing Home Abuse – What You Can Do to Stop Them

    Suspecting that a loved one who’s being cared for in a nursing might be subjected to abuse is a real nightmare. Nursing home abuse is a national tragedy that takes place in even the best and most reputable facilities, and in some cases the only thing that stands in the way of a person bent on causing harm and your loved one is your own vigilance. If you have a friend or family member living in a nursing home, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the signs of nursing home abuse, as well as making sure that you know what you can do to stop them. The compassionate attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr are committed to ensuring that your loved one is receiving the high level of care and treatment that they deserve, and that they are protected from harm. If you need help, call us today.

    Nursing home abuse can take many different forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation. They can also be subjected to neglect, which is a failure on the part of the caretaker to fulfill their caretaking obligation. Though each type of abuse is different, there are certain common signs of nursing home abuse that you should be on the watch for. These include:

    • Broken bones, sprains or dislocations
    • Unexplained injuries such as bruises, welts, scars and burns
    • Broken eyeglasses
    • Signs of having been tied down or restrained in some way
    • Overuse or underuse of essential medications, leaving patients either overly sedated or in declining physical health
    • Refusal on the part of the caregiver to leave the patient alone with visitors
    • Rocking, mumbling or extreme fearfulness
    • Bruises around breasts or genitals
    • Genital infections or sexually-transmitted diseases
    • Torn underclothing or stained bedding
    • Vaginal or anal bleeding
    • Unexplained withdrawals from financial accounts
    • Items or cash missing
    • Changes in wills, power of attorney or other financial documents
    • Increased financial activity on credit cards
    • Weight loss, malnutrition or dehydration
    • Bed sores
    • Unsanitary living conditions
    • Poor attention to hygiene
    • Inappropriate attire
    • Being left alone and unattended in a public place

    Any and all of these signs of nursing home abuse are heartbreaking, and if you suspect or see any of them it is essential that you take action immediately in order to prevent further harm from befalling your loved one. There are many reasons why nursing home abuse may take place. In some cases the staff is overworked, underpaid or undertrained, leaving them vulnerable to frustration and impatience with patients who may be difficult to deal with. Whatever the cause, when a nursing home takes on the responsibility for your loved one, they have a duty to provide care and to keep them safe. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, call the law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr for immediate, aggressive help.

    Learn more about Signs of Nursing Home Abuse HERE.

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