Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

symptoms of nursing home abuse

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While some nursing home facilities strive to provide outstanding care and support, others facilitate dangerous neglectful and abusive situations. If someone you love lives in a nursing home or has a caretaker, make sure you know how to spot signs of abuse or neglect. Abuse comes in many shapes and forms and each type of abuse can manifest in certain ways. If you ever fear your loved one might be suffering elder abuse, make sure you take immediate action by investigating the situation.

At DiPasquale Moore, our Topeka personal injury lawyers are passionate about fighting for the injured, and we have a proven track record of success. Nursing home abuse can be extremely damaging and difficult to process, not to mention dangerous. If your elderly parent, spouse, sibling, aunt, or uncle has suffered abuse at the hands of a caretaker, we want to help you seek justice and maximum compensation.

RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS OF ABUSE

Your loved one may show signs of abuse in several different ways. As a rule, remember that you know them best and if you notice any peculiar, uncharacteristic behavior, you should act immediately to investigate the issue.

The following may be warning signs of elder abuse:

Physical Abuse

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Bruises, especially on wrists and ankles
  • Burn marks
  • Welts
  • Changes in behavior

Sexual Abuse

  • Bruising, especially near the genital area
  • Unexplained STDs or infections
  • Stained, torn, or missing underwear
  • Reluctance to be touched
  • Loss of memory
  • Emotional withdrawal

Emotional Abuse

  • Behavioral changes
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Depression
  • Anger, aggravation, and other strong mood swings

Negligence

  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Bed sores
  • Severe weight loss or weight gain
  • Missed medication doses
  • Living conditions are not sanitary
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Sudden, unexplained loss of mobility

Financial Manipulation

  • Uncharacteristic purchases
  • Missing funds
  • Changes to wills, power of attorney, property titles, or life insurance policies
  • New credit cards

LET OUR FIRM HELP YOUR FAMILY

Nobody should be mistreated, abused, or neglected, especially in a facility meant to provide care and safety. If you suspect your loved one may be suffering from elder abuse in their nursing home facility, our personal injury attorneys want to provide you with the high-quality legal representation you deserve.

Contact DiPasquale Moore (785) 470-4244 to get started on your Topeka personal injury case.

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