Nursing homes should be safe havens where our elderly loved ones receive the care and respect they deserve. However, the sad reality is that nursing home abuse is an issue that persists across the country.
Abuse comes in many forms and can have severe effects on the mental, emotional and physical health of the elderly. Here are some signs that your loved one may be experiencing abuse in their nursing home.
Physical signs of abuse
Physical abuse often leaves visible signs. Unexplained bruises, cuts or other injuries may show that your loved one is being harmed. Signs of neglect, such as bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene and unusual weight loss, also fall under physical abuse.
Changes in behavior and mood
Emotional and psychological abuse can have significant impacts on your loved one’s mental health. Changes in behavior such as withdrawal from activities or sudden mood swings can show that something is wrong.
If your loved one becomes increasingly agitated, anxious or depressed, it could be a sign of emotional abuse. Also, watch out for any changes in their relationship with caregivers, such as seeming afraid or unusually nervous around certain staff members.
Unexplained financial changes
Financial abuse is another form of elder abuse. This occurs when someone illegally or improperly uses a person’s money or belongings. If you notice unexplained bank withdrawals, changes in financial condition or missing personal belongings, it might be a sign of financial abuse.
If you suspect your loved one may be experiencing abuse in their California nursing home, it is important to take immediate action. Document any signs or evidence of abuse and report the situation to the nursing home administration and local authorities. Doing this can help protect your loved one and make sure they get the care they deserve.