As your parent or loved one ages, it is vital to ensure they are receiving adequate care if they are in a nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse affects an estimated 44 percent of residents and neglect can affect an unbelievable 95 percent, according to research published by the National Center on Elder Abuse. Because of these disturbing statistics, it is critical to constantly watch for any clues that your loved one has been an abuse victim.
The signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse can vary substantially based on the type of mistreatment that occurred and the mental and emotional state of your loved one. The following are only some signs of which you should be aware:
- Bruises, wounds, fractures, or other injuries in various stages of healing, with no proper explanation;
- Medication inconsistencies, such as overdose or too much medication left in the bottle;
- Unexplained infections;
- Socially withdrawn or fearful behavior;
- Fear of physical contact or you coming near them;
- Showing fear of certain staff members;
- Staff are reluctant to let you visit with your loved one alone;
- Soiled bedding, clothes, or other unsanitary conditions;
- Unexplained weight loss or gain;
- Bed sores or other physical issues that are not treated properly;
- Signs of isolation from other patients or caregivers; and
- Any other physical issues or emotional behavior that is unlike your loved one.
In many situations, the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse can dissipate surprisingly quickly, especially in residents with memory limitations. Therefore, it is important to visit your loved one on a regular basis. In addition, many residents may fear retaliation if they report any abusive or neglectful behaviors. If you have kept a high level of trust with your loved one, they may be more likely to tell you about any harmful actions.
Discuss Your Situation With A Seattle Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
If you witness some clues of abuse, you should never hesitate to seek assistance from skilled nursing home abuse lawyer Stephen Hornbuckle, even if you are unsure. The Hornbuckle Firm has helped many nursing home abuse victims in and around Tacoma, Bellevue, and Seattle, and we can advise you of your legal options for your loved one. Please call for a free consultation at (425) 679-0742 today.
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