• Feb
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    How to Know if Your Loved One is Suffering Nursing Home Abuse

    Whatever the reason a person needs full-time, residential care, they deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. There is a real shortage of skilled nursing home staff while at the same time, the demand for care has increased, and this has created a situation that invites nursing home abuse.

    If you have placed a loved one into the care of a nursing home, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the signs of nursing home abuse. It can manifest in many different forms, and all of them cause pain and very real damage. If your loved one is able to communicate with you, make sure that you ask them specific questions about their care when they are not in earshot of staff members. Getting this information is far more difficult for patients who are nonverbal, but there are still important signs you can look for.

    • Physical Abuse – This can take many forms, including unexplained cuts and broken bones, bruises and welts, burns or restraint marks on wrists or ankles. If patients refuse to provide an explanation or the staff simply says that they are clumsy, make sure that you dig deeper. Even if a patient has suffered a legitimate fall it is an indication that they are not being adequately watched.
    • Psychological Abuse – An alarming number of nursing home residents become the object of verbal and psychological abuse at the hands of cruel and frustrated staff members. Signs include becoming unresponsive or fearful. Be particularly watchful for staff members who will not permit you to speak with your loved one alone.
    • Neglect – When you place your loved one in a nursing home, you do so with the expectation that they will be treated well and that their needs will be met. This not only means that their food and hydration needs will be met and that they will be kept clean and in fresh clothing, but also that they will receive appropriate stimulation and medical care. Residents sitting by themselves at all times, kept in their rooms by themselves, or suffering bedsores are indications of neglect, and so are malnutrition, dehydration, and failure to provide needed medication.
    • Sexual Abuse – Abuse of a sexual nature is an act of aggression and predation perpetrated on the vulnerable and is unfortunately all too common in nursing home settings. Signs include vaginal or anal bleeding, bruising around the breasts, sexually transmitted diseases, and blood on undergarments or sheets.

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