The elderly is one of the most vulnerable members of society, especially because they cannot defend themselves and their physical limitations may prevent them from directly communicating that they are experiencing abuse, neglect, or the like. As a reasonable person, you have the responsibility to know protect or put your loved one away from abuse and other harmful conditions. Elders can experience different kinds of abuses in nursing homes, like physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional and psychological abuse. Below are some of the signs you should look out for to know if your loved one is experiencing abusive behavior. Signs of physical abuse Physical abuse is the easiest to detect, because it often has physical evidence, such as wounds. Negligence on the part of the medical staff can also be considered a form of abuse.
- Abrasions, bruises, and cuts
- Bed sores
- Bloody, stained, or torn clothing
- Loss of hair
- Signs of neglect like dehydration, malnutrition and poor hygiene
Signs of sexual abuse Believe it or not, elders are also vulnerable of sexual abuse. Watch out for these signs.
- Pain or injuries, particularly in the pelvic area
- Sudden difficulty in walking, standing, or sitting
- Unwarranted sexually transmitted diseases
Signs of emotional and psychological abuse Most of the time, emotional and psychological problems are the result of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and overall neglect of the medical staff. If you see these behaviors to your loved one, he or she may be experiencing some form of abuse or neglect.
- Change in behavior and mood, especially in the presence of medical staff
- Emotional outbursts
- Refusal to eat, drink, or take medication
- Withdrawal or any reclusive tendencies
Your loved one does not deserve abusive treatment, and if you see these signs, you should be wary. Nursing home abuse and neglect may be subject to a personal injury lawsuit. It is a good thing to know that the law is at your side.