Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

We all wish the best for our loved ones in their golden years. When you trust a nursing home facility to look after your elderly family member, you expect that they will be treated with dignity, protection, and care.

Sadly, some nursing home patients become victims of elder abuse by the very people you trusted. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 1 in 10 elders will suffer from nursing home abuse.

With that said, there are some visible and behavioral warning signs that you can look out for to ensure your loved ones are protected from elder abuse and neglect.

1. When you visit your loved one, they may act differently or “off,” especially in the presence of nursing staff. They may seem more:

  • Confused

  • Disoriented

  • Drowsy

  • Irritated

  • Fearful

  • Anxious

  • Isolated

2. You may notice unexplained bruising, swelling, or scratches that may be the result of rough handling during transfers, repositioning, or medication administration.

3. Your loved one has become incontinent and frequently soils themselves without going to the bathroom. They may already be wearing disposable briefs and you may notice skin irritation from an extended period of time without changing.

4. You may notice signs of poor hygiene in your elder, including:

  • Smelling of urine or feces

  • Wearing dirty clothes

  • Unwashed hair

  • Overgrown nails

5. Your loved one may become immobile and have difficulty getting around without the help of an assisted walker, a wheelchair, or another person.

6. You notice signs of dehydration or malnutrition, such as:

  • Dry lips

  • Sudden weight loss

  • Reduced urination

  • Weakness

7. The conditions of the facility can be a warning sign of the treatment patients are receiving. When visiting the facility, look out for:

  • How clean the halls are

  • Spills on the floor

  • Foul smells

  • Conditions of other patients

  • Physical conditions of the building

What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Nobody deserves to be a victim of abuse, especially vulnerable elders who may be unable to vocalize their situations or defend themselves. If you suspect elder abuse, you are entitled to pursue compensation for the damages and pain you or your loved one has suffered.

At Kornfeld Law, we are dedicated to pursuing justice against those committing elder abuse or neglect. Our legal team will give a voice to your family and elderly loved ones and help you achieve some peace of mind.

Contact Kornfeld Law at (425) 657-5255 to schedule your free consultation. If you are unable to come to our office, we can set up a meeting with Rob Kornfeld based on your current situation or circumstances.


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