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Is this a sign of nursing home abuse?

When you entrust your loved one with a nursing home, you believe they will make decisions that benefit the residents. You want to think that they will prioritize your loved one’s health and safety. You hope that they have a pleasant stay where staff meets all their needs.

Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many elderly residents in care facilities. Instead of care, many face abuse. Here are some potential signs of abuse to keep an eye out for.

Physical signs of abuse

The National Institute on Aging takes a look at the growing problem of elder abuse. As the population itself ages, more cases of elder abuse crop up in nursing homes across the nation. One of the best things you can do for your loved one is be a good advocate. Keep your eyes peeled for any suspicious activity that could indicate abuse.

First, you may see physical signs. Your loved one may sport lacerations, bruises or even broken bones that staff cannot adequately explain. Small, recurring injuries may also point to repeated abuse. They may seem gaunt or tired because they are not getting enough food, water or sleep. They may even experience a higher rate of sickness.

Watch for behavioral differences

You could spot behavioral signs, too. Abuse victims tend to show some sort of behavioral anomalies. Your loved one may grow withdrawn or depressed. They could seclude themselves from others. They may act agitated when certain staff members enter the room. They could seem more snappish and irate in general.

If you notice any peculiar differences with your loved one, do not immediately write it off. Some abusers rely on this to get away with their crimes. If you believe abuse is at hand, consider contacting a legal expert to learn what you can do next.