If your loved one is living in a nursing home, it is incredibly important that you know how to detect signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. The terrible injustice of abuse and neglect towards our most senior citizens is much more commonplace than you may suspect. Knowing what to look for can provide you with the tools you need to make sure your loved one gets the necessary help to end this abuse.
Some signs of nursing home abuse will be obvious such as unexplained bruises, cuts or broken bones. Signs of sexual abuse may include genital or anal bleeding and bruises around the breasts and abdomen. These are clear indications of physical aggression and should be dealt with by contacting one of our Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys immediately.
Other signs of nursing home abuse may not be as obvious. There are emotional signs common with all types of abuse and neglect. These include:
- Mood swings
- Withdrawal from the community
- Fear around nursing home staff
- Unusual behavior such as rocking or nail biting
Signs of nursing home neglect may include malnourishment, over- or under-medication, bed sores, and dehydration. These too should be reported immediately to ensure your loved one is protected and provided with what they will need to live comfortably and safely.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect in or around Chicago, Illinois, please contact the attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. today to schedule a free initial consultation.