How To Spot Nursing Home Abuse

The decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home is a serious one. It is often the best possible solution for an elderly person and his or her family. Unfortunately, the decision is a difficult one with elder abuse within nursing homes becoming a growing problem.

Elder abuse can come in many forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The U.S. Administration on Aging contains the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). The organization has published information regarding the warning signs of elder abuse, many pertaining to a nursing home setting:

  • Physical abuse. Bruises, bone fractures, wounds, sprains, internal injuries/bleeding, signs of restraint or punishment, medication overdose or underutilization, an elder’s report of being hit, an elder’s sudden change of behavior
  • Emotional abuse. An elder acting extremely withdrawn or emotionally agitated; an elder’s report of being verbally or emotionally mistreated
  • Sexual abuse. Torn or bloody undergarments, unexplained bleeding or bruising around the genitals or breasts, unexplained venereal disease or genital infections, an elder’s report of being assaulted or raped
  • Neglect. Dehydration, malnutrition, untreated bed sores or other health problems, poor hygiene, an elder’s report of being mistreated
  • Exploitation. Abrupt changes in an elder’s will or other financial documents, unexplained disappearance of funds, unauthorized withdrawal of the elder’s funds, provision of services that are not necessary

To report suspected elder abuse in Oklahoma, the NCEA has made the appropriate contact information available. Contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Oklahoma if you suspect that a loved one has been mistreated or abused at a nursing home or other type of care facility.

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