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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Sunrise, FL, Nursing Home Attorney

Nursing home abuse comes in many forms, all of which are unacceptable and dangerous to residents. The signs of abuse may be overlooked because they can appear to be the normal results of aging and declining health. However, if you know what to look for you may be able catch abuse and put a stop to it before it is too late for your loved one to recover. If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, please talk to a Sunrise, FL, nursing home attorney today.

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

You should be on the alert for abuse if you notice any of these general warning signs:

  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Bizarre behavior
  • Confusion or dementia
  • Withdrawal
  • Restraints or heavy sedation
  • Possessions disappearing
  • Change in banking habits
  • Staff is rude to you
  • Staff members delay your visit or try to keep you from visiting your loved one
  • You are never given privacy or time alone with your loved one

Signs of Physical Abuse

The signs of physical abuse may be very noticeable or very subtle. Examples include:

  • Frequent falls which occur when you are not present
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns
  • Bruises or abrasions on the wrists and ankles which may be from restraints
  • Broken bones and other serious injuries

Signs of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse of a nursing home resident does not always involve physical contact, but it can. Signs of sexual abuse include:

  • Fear or agitation when a specific staff member helps with bathing, dressing, or toileting
  • Bruises or thumbprints around breasts, upper abdomen, buttocks, inner thighs, or genital area
  • Rope burns on wrists or ankles
  • Genital injury
  • Vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Stained or bloody sheets
  • Genital itching or irritation
  • Genital infection
  • New sexually transmitted disease
  • Discomfort when sitting
  • Difficulty walking

Signs of Mental and Emotional Abuse

Mental and emotional abuse can be the most difficult to recognize because they may appear to be part of mental decline as a result of aging. They include:

  • Sudden refusal to socialize or participate in activities
  • Depression
  • Withdrawal
  • Refusal to respond or communicate
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Unusual behavior such as sucking, biting, or rocking
  • Fear
  • Agitation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden decline in health
  • Unexplained forced isolation
  • Rude or derogatory comments from staff

If you believe that your loved one has been or is currently the victim nursing home abuse, please call Sunrise, FL, nursing home neglect attorneys Fenster & Cohen, P.A. (954) 845-8989, (561) 737-7789 or (877) 845-8989 or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.