Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence

Our loved ones deserve high-quality care from the nursing home staff. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for residents to suffer from abuse and neglect. The negligent staff should be held responsible for their actions. It is important for you as a loved one to the elderly resident to keep an eye out for signs of abuse and neglect. Abuse is any purposeful act causing injury or harm to another person. Neglect would be failing to provide the care or failing to react to a dangerous situation leading to the harm of a resident. Some signs to look out for when it comes to mistreatment in a nursing home could include:

  • Unexplained bruises or wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Bedsores
  • Significant weight change
  • Poor hygiene
  • Unsanitary clothing or bed linens
  • Frequent infections

The physical signs can be more apparent but it is also necessary to look for emotional signs of abuse or neglect as well. Some signs of this mistreatment would be sudden behavior changes, unusual actions or behaviors, fear or anger, withdrawal and reluctance to speak around certain staff. If you notice questionable changes in the appearance or behavior of your loved one, it is worth it to investigate further. In order to get the best idea of the treatment of an elderly resident, visit at different times of the day and on different days of the week. Visiting at the same time every week limits you to only seeing certain staff and also allows them to predict your visits. For help looking into acts of abuse and neglect in a nursing home team up with a Marietta personal injury lawyer from Jones & Swanson. We have decades of experience assisting injured victims in fighting for compensation and we can help you in your nursing home abuse case. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation!