How Can I Recognize the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?

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Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
July 17, 2020

nursing home lawyer colmar paWhen your loved one is a resident in a nursing home or other assisted living facility, you trust that they will be treated with care and respect. Unfortunately, nursing home residents can fall victim to various forms of neglect and abuse. It’s important to be able to recognize the signs of abuse or neglect for when you visit. Find out what they are below.

Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse and neglect come in various forms. Most commonly, these include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Neglect

Warning Signs of Physical and Sexual Abuse

Oftentimes, friends and relatives may suspect that abuse has occurred if they see unexplained injuries on their loved one. This is one of the most common and significant warning signs that physical abuse has occurred. It’s important to be on the lookout for:

  • Burns or significant scarring
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Bruises
  • A sexually transmitted disease diagnosis
  • Bruising and/or swelling around the genitals

Warning Signs of Financial Abuse and Healthcare Fraud

According to the National Adult Protective Services Association, only one out of every 44 cases of financial abuse is reported. This shows just how underreported this type of elder abuse is and oftentimes, it’s discovered after the damage has already been done. Below are some important signs to be on the lookout for when it comes to financial abuse and healthcare fraud.

  • The resident has entrusted the caregiver to handle financial affairs
  • The resident undergoes excessive medical testing
  • The resident is unable to pay their monthly bills
  • The resident is unable to explain financial transactions
  • The resident has unnecessary treatment and/or equipment
  • The caregiver is unable to explain the need for medical treatment and/or equipment

Warning Signs of Emotional Abuse and Neglect

As with any form of abuse, it’s important to take note of any changes. In terms of emotional abuse and neglect, these changes can come in the form of:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Soiled clothing and/or bedding
  • Bedsores
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • A noticeable change in personality and normal behavior
  • Unkempt living space
  • Medication errors or omissions of medication
  • The resident’s living space lacks heat, blankets, water or electricity
  • The resident looks unkempt
  • The resident is kept isolated from family and friends

If you think anything is out of the ordinary, it probably is. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, P.C. we understand that nothing is more important than your loved one’s safety and well being. If you suspect that your parents, aunt, uncle, grandparent or any other relative is being abused or neglected, call us right away for a consultation. We will get you the help you and your loved one deserves.

Contact A Lansdale Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer To Discuss Your Case Today

Seniors in nursing homes and other care facilities deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Additionally, nursing home staff needs to ensure that patients are safe and secure at all times. If your loved one suffered an injury, or worse, due to nursing home neglect and abuse in Pennsylvania, you need to speak with a qualified attorney. The experienced nursing home neglect attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. represent clients throughout Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania, including Newtown, Doylestown, King of Prussia, and Norristown. Call 215-822-7575 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation today. We have an office conveniently located at 2605 N. Broad St., Colmar, PA 18915, as well as an office in Newtown.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
July 17, 2020
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