Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: Signs to Look Out For


Nursing homes are supposed to be comfortable, quiet places where elderly loved ones can affordably receive around-the-clock care and attention.  Sadly, too often negligent hiring practices or other issues create a situation where loved ones are ignored or abused. Nursing home neglect is a situation where the nursing home fails to meet its obligation to care for a patient, for example failing to administer needed medications.  It can be intentional or unintentional.

Nursing home abuse is intentional and can include:

Physical Abuse

Unexplained injuries, bruises, broken bones, broken eyeglasses, signs of being restrained such as rope marks. Can include unnecessary medical procedures performed in order to claim reimbursement from insurance or Medicare.

Emotional Abuse

More difficult to spot than physical abuse; signs include negative behavior by caregiver toward the patient in your presence, and withdrawn behaviors on the part of the patient.

Financial Abuse

Can include forging patient’s signature, phony charities, phony raffles.  Look for suspicious financial activity, missed bill payments, sudden changes in financial condition.

Sexual Abuse

Signs include bleeding or bruising around sex organs, unexplained sexual disease, torn or stained underclothing. If you believe that a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, call the experienced attorneys of Wallace & Graham at 800-849-5291.

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