4 Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Making the decision to put an aging relative in a nursing home is never easy. Knowing that nursing home staff will care for your relative better than you could might make the transition more comfortable, but sadly, this isn’t always the case.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, the fastest growing portion of America’s population consists of those who are 85 and older. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine the exact number of incidences of nursing home abuse in the country, but it is clear that without adequate staffing, many nursing home providers will have no choice but to neglect their growing body of patients.
If you believe a loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse, we can help. At Kent Hazzard, LLP, we represent the rights of the injured, and we always put our clients first. Call us today at 914-948-4700 to arrange a free initial consultation with a personal-injury lawyer in White Plains.
Here are four signs of nursing home abuse:
- Unusual Weight Loss
There are different types of nursing home abuse, and some are more malicious than others. Neglect by caregivers is one of the more challenging types to spot, but it is impossible to hide if you look closely. A sudden or unusual weight loss could be a sign of malnutrition, which indicates the staff may be neglecting your loved one and failing to care for him or her appropriately.
- Unexplained Injuries
While the elderly are certainly frailer than younger individuals, they should not have bruises, welts, scars or broken bones unless there is a valid reason. Unexplained injuries, especially those that are symmetrical and appear on both sides of the body, could be signs of physical abuse.
- Withdrawing from Others
Though some medications can cause depression, withdrawing from others or no longer enjoying favorite activities can be a sign of emotional abuse. This is one of the hardest types of abuse to spot because caretakers rarely do it in front of their patients’ families; however, if you notice that your loved one is showing signs of depression or exhibiting behaviors that mimic dementia, like sucking, rocking or mumbling, that may be a sign of nursing home abuse.
- Unnecessary Subscriptions, Services or Goods
Because many nursing home patients no longer control their own finances, they are especially susceptible to fraud and financial exploitation. If your loved one has unnecessary subscriptions, services or goods, or if you notice significant withdrawals from his or her account, it may be worth investigating. Though perfect strangers are sometimes the culprit when it comes to financial fraud, caretakers and other people who are close to the patient may also be responsible.
While it is true that many nursing homes operate in a perfectly safe, professional manner, there are some that employ caretakers who end up abusing the patients. If you think your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, we can help. Call Kent Hazzard at 914-948-4700 to arrange an initial consultation with a personal-injury attorney in White Plains today.