What Are The Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

There are four primary types of nursing home abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and financial. There are instances where you can observe physical injuries or recognize a marked change in behavior.

A victim of physical or sexual abuse may have bruises, cuts, welts or other injuries. These may include signs of restraints, like ligature marks at the wrists or ankles, or injuries to the groin, anus or breasts among sexual abuse victims. Personal property like eyeglasses, hearing aids or clothing may be damaged. Physical abuse can also cause psychological trauma, as can emotional abuse, like verbally abusing, shunning or isolating a victim. A victim may become agitated or withdrawn and nonresponsive. He or she may suddenly become disinterested in activities they usually enjoy.

Sudden and detrimental changes in an elderly person’s financial accounts or documents may be signs of coercion, fraud or other abuse. This includes unexplained losses of money; changes in a will, property deed or car title; or purchases of services or items that are unnecessary or cannot be found.

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