Signs of Abuse

There are several warning signs that may indicate nursing home abuse or neglect is occurring:


A. Physical Abuse Signs:

- Unexplained injuries like bruises, welts, cuts, fractures or burns[1][3]

- Untreated bedsores or pressure ulcers[3]

- Sudden weight loss or malnutrition[1][3]

- Dehydration[3]


B. Emotional Abuse Signs:  

- Resident seems depressed, emotionally upset or agitated[1][3]

- Resident is extremely withdrawn and non-communicative[3]  

- Resident shows fear of being touched or appears afraid of staff[3]


C. Neglect Signs:

- Poor personal hygiene - unkempt appearance, body odor, soiled clothing[1][2][4]

- Unsanitary living conditions - dirty bedding, pests, etc.[3][4]  

- Lack of mobility or being left in one position for long periods[2][4]

- Unexplained injuries from falls or wandering incidents[2][3]

- Lack of basic necessities like food, water, or medical care[3]


D. Financial Exploitation Signs:

- Unexplained withdrawals or transfers from accounts[1]

- Missing belongings[1]


The key is looking for patterns of neglect or abuse, not just isolated incidents. If you notice any of these red flags, it's important to report your concerns immediately to protect your loved one's safety and well-being[1][2][3][4].  We are here to help.