You expect the utmost care for your elderly loved one when you put them in the care of a nursing home.
However, you may find that something unexplainable has happened. This could be a sign of nursing home abuse. Here’s how you can tell:
There are some cases where physical abuse is obvious. A broken limb, swelling and welts can often be immediately noticed. However, there are times when physical abuse is hidden, such as bruising underneath clothing or scarring. You may even notice signs of physical abuse if your loved one’s clothing is found torn or they’ve recently broken their glasses, for example.
People often change when they get older and are placed in the care of others. However, you could still notice a drastic change in your loved one’s personality, which may be a sign of emotional abuse. For instance, if your loved one is anxious, withdrawn or quiet then they could be a victim of emotional abuse.
Unfortunately, elderly loved ones may be sexually taken advantage of while in the care of others because of their medical conditions. It can be hard to find signs that a loved one is sexually abused, but not impossible. It may become apparent that your loved one has developed a genital infection or disease, they’re experiencing blood or bruises around their genitals or they have stained sheets or underwear.
Some forms of abuse are caused by neglect and lack of care. The caregiver could cause abuse by failing to give your loved one their medicine, leaving them in public spaces unattended, not cleaning them regularly or allowing them to develop malnutrition.
Some elderly loved ones are susceptible to financial fraud. You may find signs of financial fraud if your loved one has had unexplained bank withdrawals, missing valuables or money, unusual subscription services or even a change of heir or power of attorney.
You shouldn’t ignore signs of nursing home abuse. You may need to be aware of your legal rights if this is something that has impacted you.