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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
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6 Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Many people approaching retirement age are in the unique position of caring for
aging parents as well. As the quality of life and mortality improves in modern
society, many retirees are entering their golden years in a caregiving position.
Having a parent in a long-term care facility or nursing home can help during
this challenging period. However, it's important to know when your loved one is
being mistreated or neglected.
Here are six common signs of nursing home abuse to be aware of and watch out
Emotional and Behavioral Changes
It's common for people to go through a range of emotions when they enter a
long-term care facility. There's a loss of independence and identity that can
lead to emotional changes, depression, and anxiety. This is one reason why
nursing home abuse often goes undetected. Many family members write off the
emotional signs of abuse as a reaction to the life change.
It's essential to be aware of any severe or drastic emotional and behavioral
changes. Keep an
open dialogue with your loved one to ensure that their emotional changes
aren't a result of improper care or abuse.
New or Unusual Illnesses
Nursing homes are meant to be clean and well-managed. One of the more telling
signs of abuse or neglect is the development of unusual or preventable
This issue became readily apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to
legal experts, there's been a
significant spike in elder neglect and abuse cases since the start of the
global health crisis. In many situations, this issue has been related to
improper staffing or a lack of effort in implementing social distancing and
sanitization protocols. These facilities have a responsibility to keep this
vulnerable segment of the population safe.
Other illnesses and infections are a sign of inadequate care and hygienic
practices that speak to a deeper issue. Additionally, there could be improper
handling of medication contributing to these changes.
Signs of Physical Injury
Evidence of physical injury may include bruises, broken bones, broken glasses,
or restraint marks. When nursing home abuse is taking place, there are often
efforts made to conceal the physical signs. The abuser will often inflict harm
in less visible areas or have a realistic-sounding excuse for the welts,
bruises, or cuts.
If you notice physical signs of injury, it's crucial to speak to your loved one
alone and confirm that you can keep them safe. Document the injury and be
mindful of future developments.
Poor Personal Hygiene
Changes in personal hygiene are another sign of abuse or neglect in a nursing
home. If your loved one seems disheveled, has bedsores, or has an increased body
odor, this is a sign of neglect.
Neglect and abuse go hand-in-hand. Everyone has a right to a clean, healthy
body. Blocking someone from that right is abuse.
Fear and Anxiety Around Staff
If your loved one seems particularly fearful or anxious when certain staff
members are around, there's likely a reason why. While it's a fact of life that
your loved one might not like everyone around them, it's still worth
Speak to your loved one alone and determine if there's an underlying reason for
Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse are tremendously concerning when it comes
to nursing home abuse. Neglect and mistreatment fall under that umbrella as
well. However, these issues aren't the only types of nursing home abuse to watch
Financial abuse is often more subtle and difficult to detect. If you notice any
strange transactions or financial changes that seem uncharacteristic for your
loved one, it's essential to act immediately. A staff member could be coercing
your loved one to part with money in ways that appear consensual but that
actually constitute financial abuse.
Being proactive and mindful when a loved one is in a long-term care facility is
a must. Remember these signs and practice constant vigilance to protect those
who once protected you.
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