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The Signs of Nursing Home Abuse You Should Look For

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For anyone who entrusts a nursing home with the care of an elderly loved one, it’s extremely important to fully understand what signs may exist as indicators of abuse. These signs can vary as nursing home abuse can be physical, emotional, or even financial.

As a family member, you should know what signs there may be and how to determine if it’s caused by some form of neglect or abuse. Here are some of the things that you should keep an eye out for to determine if your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse.

Below we break down the following:

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Physical Nursing Home Abuse Signs

When it comes to physical abuse in a nursing home, the signs can be easily apparent. For instance, you may notice that your loved one has bruises or cuts from falls or physical trauma. You may also notice that they are losing weight because they are not properly nourished.

In other cases, you may recognize what are called pressure ulcers, or bed sores. These are more common when the elderly is bed ridden and must be turned every so often. Failure to adhere to proper turn schedules can result in the elderly individual developing pressure ulcers—or damage to the skin and tissue where bone is prominent.

Emotional Nursing Home Abuse Signs

If you ever notice that your loved one is depressed or avoiding certain staff members, it could be an indicator of something wrong in the nursing home. Emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse resulting in change in behavior, depression, and fear.

When an elderly resident is subject to emotional abuse, they may stop eating resulting in weight loss. You may also notice that they avoid talking about a certain staff member for fear of retaliation.

Financial Nursing Home Abuse Signs

In a nursing home, financial abuse can occur in a number of ways. The first thing you want to look for is the potential of items missing from their room or area. This can also include cash, checks, or credit cards that your loved one may owe.

If you notice strange spending habits or you no longer have access to your loved one’s bank accounts, this could be a major problem. If your loved one has declining mental health, they may be a victim of exploitation in which a nursing home staff member tries to convince them to make the staff member a power of attorney, so they have access to their financials.

How Our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Can Help

An Oregon nursing home abuse lawyer at our firm is ready to speak with you about your potential legal rights should your elderly loved one be a victim of nursing home abuse. We’re ready to stand in your corner every step of the way.

With The Gatti Law Firm, you get invaluable experience and trial-preparedness so you can feel confident about the legal matters that follow.

Call our firm at (503) 543-1114 today to discuss your potential case.

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