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5 Signs You Should Look for to Identify Elder Abuse

5 Signs You Should Look for to Identify Elder AbuseAt a certain point, many consider whether or not their loved ones need a nursing home. After all, there are a number of benefits to some, but there are also some potential issues that you may need to look out for should you consider a nursing home.

Unfortunately, there is a real risk of elder abuse and anyone who puts their loved in a nursing home. Far too often, neglect and abuse become potential threats, leaving the elderly and their families to wonder about what to expect.

Here are five signs you should look for to determine if elderly abuse exists in your loved ones nursing home.

Physical Effects

Elderly abuse can occur in a number of ways, many of which cause physical pain such as bruises, abrasions, pressure marks, and more. Pay attention to some of the common areas of the body where these damages may appear such as the legs, arms, back, and head.

Neglect Signs

Nursing home staffs are expected to provide care and attention to the residents, but this doesn’t always happen. If you recognize dirty clothes, soiled sheets, bedsores, or unusual weight loss, these could be signs of neglect.

Emotional Damage

Abuse doesn’t always have to be physical. If you notice that your loved one is acting indifferent to a staff member, nervous or fearful, exhibiting strange behavior, or showing signs of withdrawal, this could be due to emotional trauma.

Failure to Assist

As some individuals get older, it becomes more difficult for them to balance and walk, meaning they need assistance to complete certain tasks. When they don’t receive this, they may fall getting out of bed or struggle even going to the restroom.

Financial Abuse

Many of the residents in nursing homes trust their caregivers until given reason not to. This may lead to financial exploitation of the elderly. Check to ensure bills are paid, credit cards don’t have unusual usage, or that the caregiver is not taking money for purchases that aren’t accounted for.

At Brown & Barron, LLC, we have extensive experience in matters involving nursing home abuse and neglect. We understand the carious signs that may be present when elderly individuals are the victims of physical or emotional abuse.

Our Baltimore nursing home abuse lawyers work hard to help our clients and their families seek the compensation they deserve. Trust that we have the knowledge to guide you through the complex legal matters ahead.

Call us today to discuss your potential case.