Signs of nursing home abuse

Signs of nursing home abuse

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2022 | Uncategorized

When you put your parents or other older loved ones into a nursing facility, you expect that the staff will care for them properly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as care facilities grow more overcrowded and short-staffed. It is important to recognize some of the signs of abuse, especially if your loved one is unable to communicate, as can be the case with someone who has Alzheimer’s.

Here are some of the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect to look for if your parents or relatives reside in a Massachusetts assisted living facility.

Seeing unexplained bruises

Older adults can bruise relatively easily, especially if they are at risk for falls. However, if your loved one is bedridden or if there are no other plausible explanations for their bruises, it is a possibility that there is abuse going on.

Noticing unused medication

If you visit someone in a nursing home regularly, keep track of their medications and how many pills they need to take per day. If there are consistently more pills than expected, it could be a sign that the staff forgets to give the patient their needed medication.

Refusing your time alone

Barring extreme circumstances such as the risk of harm to you or the patient, staff refusing to let you spend time alone with your loved one is often a red flag.

Knowing some of the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect allows you to report suspected abuse and helps ensure that your loved one is not living someplace where they are in danger.