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Know the signs of elder abuse

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2023 | Personal Injury |

You finally decide to place your elderly parent in a nursing home. You trust they will be well taken care of and receive quality care.

And, usually, that is precisely what happens. Most people work in nursing homes because they care for and love the elderly. Your loved one becomes their loved one.

Unfortunately, some people take advantage of their position. In that case, it’s essential to know the signs that an older adult is being abused.

Elder abuse takes many forms

There are five common types of elder abuse; some of the signs are subtle, so it’s important to know what to look for.

  • Physical: unexplained bruises, cuts or burns; broken bones; sprains or dislocations; internal injuries; head or facial trauma.
  • Emotional: sudden changes in behavior or mood, withdrawal from activities they once enjoyed, fear or anxiety around certain people.
  • Sexual: bruising around the genitals or breasts, unexplained sexually transmitted infections (STIs), torn or bloody underwear.
  • Neglect: poor hygiene, malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores
  • Financial: sudden changes in bank account balances or spending habits; missing money or valuables; unexplained credit card charges.

If you suspect an elderly loved one is being abused, it’s important to report it immediately. If possible, document any evidence you observe or hear about. Speak with the director of nursing and the home administrator. You may also want to file a report with Adult Protective Services. You entrusted your elderly relative to someone else’s care. If they failed in their duty to provide that care, it’s vital that you understand all your options.



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