7 Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs (Part 3)
March 22, 2014
Concluding 7 Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs, below, we will highlight the final three most common signs of nursing home abuse that all families should know about. By being aware of these warning signs, families that have elderly loved ones in nursing homes can be ready to start asking questions or report incidents to the authorities before possible abuse causes irreversible – or possibly deadly – injuries.
Nursing Home Abuse Sign 5: Bed Sores
Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, are open wounds on people’s skin that develop as a result of significant and prolonged pressure on a certain area of the body. In many cases, bed sores arise on parts of the body that have protruding joints, like on the ankles, hips, elbows and shoulders.
While, each year, about 2 million Americans reportedly develop bed sores, researchers estimate that, at any given time, between 10 and 29 percent of people at nursing homes, in hospitals and/or in home care situations are living with bed sores.
Because bed sores are typically preventable if the proper care and attention is provided to nursing home residents, these wounds are commonly indications of nursing home neglect; if they are not treated in a timely fashion, they can have devastating results to nursing home residents.
Nursing Home Abuse Sign 6: Reluctance to Speak in Front of Staff
When an elderly loved one appears to be especially quiet or withdrawn when certain nursing home staff members are around, it can be a clear sign that the particular staff member is abusing the person. In many cases, victims of nursing home abuse are reluctant to speak out about their abuse because they are either afraid of retaliation from the person abusing them and/or they are too embarrassed to discuss their victimization (it’s also possible that residents who have conditions like Alzheimer’s disease can’t remember or effectively explain their abuse).
So, take these possible warning signs seriously, and start asking questions if you notice this behavior in your elderly loved one.
Nursing Home Abuse Sign 7: Falls
Falls can be catastrophic for elderly people, particularly if they have brittle bones. While some falls may be entirely accidental (such as in the case of an elderly person tripping over his own feet while being supported or helped by staff), in other cases, falls can indicate that nursing home staff are not properly supervising residents.
In other cases, being told that your elderly loved one is falling a lot and that’s why he or she has certain bruises can be an indication that more malicious and intentional physical (or sexual) abuse is occurring.
If You Suspect Abuse, Portland & Seattle Lawyers
Helping you hold abusive nursing home staff responsible for their negligence and your loved one’s injuries is one of our primary goals. At the Savage Law Firm, our Portland nursing home abuse attorneys have more than three decades of experience defending the rights of the injured and helping them obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.
We encourage you to learn more about your rights and case by setting up a free, no obligations initial consult. We represent clients in Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle. To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.