7 Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs (Part 2)

March 20, 2014

Picking up from 7 Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs (Part 1), below, we will continue discussing some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse so that family members know when to intervene, start asking questions and possibly report suspected abuse to the authorities. In such cases, it will also be crucial that families consult with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney, as their loved one will likely entitled to compensation for the negligence that caused their injuries.

Unexplained bruising and emotional withdrawal are among the most common nursing home abuse warning signs that families need to be aware of.

Unexplained bruising and emotional withdrawal are among the most common nursing home abuse warning signs that families need to be aware of.

Nursing Home Abuse Sign 2: Emotional Withdrawal

A common sign of nursing home abuse is emotional withdrawal, as abuse victims will tend to become depressed, distant and possibly even intensely anxious after suffering abuse. If families notice that their loved one is not acting as vibrant, communicative or interested in life as he or she had been within the previous days or weeks, then something may be wrong, and family members should consider digging a little deeper to find out if nursing home staff or other residents may be victimizing their loved one.

Nursing Home Abuse Sign 3: Use of Restraints in the Home

In some cases, the use of restraints may be appropriate or necessary (such as when, for instance, a resident has a condition that may cause him to harm himself). However, the use of restraints to simply “manage” or “contain” nursing home residents is not only excessive, but it is also dangerous and irresponsible.

When families suspect that restraints are unnecessarily being used on their elderly loved one (this could be indicated by wrist and/or ankle bruising), they should question nursing home staff to find out what is going on. Unnecessary and inappropriate use of restraints can cause serious physical and psychological damage to nursing home residents, and it could be the basis of an abuse lawsuit.

Nursing Home Abuse Sign 4: Unexplained Bruising

Some medical conditions, like, for example, anemia, can cause elderly people to bruise very easily. However, when a resident has bruises that can’t be explained by a medical condition, that appear on odd places of his or her body and/or that seem to be recurring (i.e., continually appearing over the course of weeks or months), it’s quite possible that this bruising is an indication that the elderly person is being abused.

Check out the upcoming third part of this blog for the three final most common signs of nursing home abuse.

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