Leaving your parents in nursing home facility may be one of the most difficult decisions you make. The consistent fear of your loved ones being abused in this environment is real. It’s important to monitor the level of care people in your life are given when living in a nursing home facility. By knowing the types of abuse that commonly occur, this will allow you to be on the lookout for these.
This abuse type is difficult to spot, but by knowing the signs of emotional abuse, this will help you know what to look for in your loved ones.
Listed below are signs of emotional abuse:
1. Suddenly becoming anti-social and not having a desire to associate with others.
2. Being overly depressed or anxious at all times when this was not characteristic behavior.
3. Showing fear when a nursing home worker enters the room.
4. Appearing to be under or over medicated because of the negligence of the nursing home providers.
Spotting physical abuse is much easier than many of the other types. It’s important to monitor your loved one to learn easily when this is occurring.
Listed below are some signs of this abuse type:
1. Scratches, cuts or bruises on the nursing home patient on a consistent basis.
2. Broken bones or fractures that occur when there hasn’t been a falling accident.
3. Unusual behavior that is exhibited by your loved one, such as fear of others.
By taking an in-depth look at your loved one’s body on a regular basis, this can help you spot the possibility of physical abuse if it is occurring.
As shocking as it may sound, there are episodes of sexual abuse in some nursing homes. This is one of the fewer discussed types of abuse, but it does happen. Be sure to look for any of the signs below for sexual abuse:
1. Torn bed sheets that also may be stained.
2. Vaginal bleeding by female nursing home patients that suddenly occur.
3. The patient contacting a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Finally, as sad as it sounds, nursing home abuse is more common that most people want to believe. If you feel your loved one has experienced one of these types of abuse, be sure to contact a personal injury attorney (such as one at Carroll & Turner PSC) to help get you and your loved one the legal justice you deserve.