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5 signs of elder abuse

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2023 | Personal Injury |

People expect nursing homes and healthcare facilities to care for their elderly loved ones. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.

To help ensure that a loved one is getting the care they need, family members may need to keep watch of the following signs of elder abuse:

1. Bruises, broken bones, burns and cuts

As people get older, it’s easier to suffer from bruises and cuts from minor injuries. An elderly loved one who has suffered from unexplainable bruises and cuts could be suffering from elder abuse. Broken bones and burns could also be a sign that someone is harming an elderly loved one.

2. Depression and emotional changes

Being in a nursing home or healthcare facility can be difficult for people. They may become quieter and more reserved. But, if an elderly person begins to neglect their health or become aggressive, depressed or sorrowful, then there could be issues with how they are being treated by staff.

3. Verbal abuse

Working in a healthcare facility or nursing home can be difficult, but it doesn’t mean staff can take their anger out on residents and patients. Some do, however.

4. Sexual abuse

Many residents are taken advantage of sexually in nursing homes and healthcare facilities. If there are bruises, cuts or bleeding around an elderly loved one’s genitals, they could be a victim of sexual abuse.

5. Financial anomalies and missing possessions

Some people may lull residents into a false sense of security to steal possessions or assets. If you notice unusual financial activity, or missing items, it may be that someone is abusing them financially.

Family members of people in care homes may need to learn about their legal options if they suspect an elderly loved one is suffering from abuse.