4 Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

The decision to put your loved one in a nursing home was likely not an easy one. However, once made, you entrust your loved one to the care of the professionals who work within that facility.

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is more common than you may realize. Recognizing the signs can be an essential step in stopping the abuse and saving your loved one. Below, we discuss the four most common symptoms of nursing home abuse and how Waitz & Downer can help.

Nursing Home Abuse Red Flags

Everyone reacts differently to abuse and trauma. Nursing home abuse is no different. While the four signs below are the most common – they are not the only ones. You know your loved one. If something appears off, seek help.

Rapid Weight Loss

Dehydration and malnourishment can lead to severe downturns in your elderly loved one’s quality of life. Sudden or rapid weight loss are signs of this when there is no accompanying medical reason for it. Other signs include dry lips, swollen tongues, and weakness.

Psychological Issues

A lack of nutrition, as well as physical abuse, can lead to psychological issues. This is particularly true for elderly individuals who are already beginning to decline in their physical or cognitive abilities. Whether being deliberately starved or mistreated or inadequate staffing that leads to a lack of expected individual care – unexplained psychological issues are a sign that something is going wrong.

Unexplained Injuries

Unexplained injuries can be extremely troubling. From scratches and bruises to dislocations and broken bones – any unexplained injuries should be an immediate red flag. These can be signs of rough handling during transfers, repositioning, feeding or medication.

Poor Personal Hygiene

Poor personal hygiene is a sign of caregiver neglect. Smelling or urine or feces, for example, is a sign that your loved one is not being helped to the bathroom in a timely manner. (For those who are reliant on disposable briefs, it is a sign that they are not being changed as regularly as needed.) Wearing dirty clothes, having unwashed hair or body, or overgrown nails are also signs poor personal care that should be provided by a licensed nursing home.

Take Action with Waitz & Downer

At Waitz & Downer, we take nursing home abuse seriously. No one deserves to live in the deplorable conditions that arise in facilities that promote or ignore this type of rampant problem.

If you believe your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, contact Waitz & Downer today!