What are Some Common Physical Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect?

You might have a feeling that a loved one is being abused, neglected, or exploited in a Mesa nursing home. Obviously, your “gut feeling” can’t ever be used as evidence at a trial. However, that gut feeling could lead you to conclude that something is wrong and allow you to take steps to not only protect your loved one but to consider a possible lawsuit that will protect others in that Mesa nursing home.

Here are some signs and symptoms to be aware of:

  • Look for things like unexplained cuts, fractures, and bruises that happened while your loved one was staying at the facility. Another common sign to look for is bedsores. With proper care, these are oftentimes preventable. But in worst-case scenarios of abuse, they may cover an elderly person’s body. Also, if your loved one has joints that are frozen or are no longer moving, then that also might be a sign of lack of care or neglect at a Mesa nursing home facility. Other signs to look for include unexplained anal or vaginal bleeding and/or bloody underwear. These would indicate that there could be a case of sexual abuse or neglect happening.

  • Also, there are cases of elder abuse involving the individual being denied a proper amount of food or water, so that they become malnourished or dehydrated. You may be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of this kind of abuse on or own, or it may take a doctor’s diagnosis.
  • In addition, signs of poor personal hygiene or an elderly person not wanting to be cared for anymore might be signs of something more serious going on.
  • Another red flag when it comes to elder abuse is if you are denied access to your loved one or you’re not allowed to visit with your loved one alone.
  • Unfortunately, due to sickness or disease, a loved one may be unable to tell you that they are being abused, neglected or exploited. Sometimes, though, they are afraid to tell someone out of fear of repercussions.

    What are Some Other Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect?
    As you can imagine, there are many emotional and psychological impacts of this kind of abuse; however, they are harder to prove than actual physical abuse. But there are still signs to look for. For example, is there a sudden change in behavior in your loved one? Are they expressing unusual behavior patterns? Are they suffering from an unexplained onset of depression, anxiety, frustration, and anger?

    If you believe that a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Arizona, please contact the skilled Arizona nursing home abuse attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. today for a free consultation.

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