Spotting signs of elderly abuse in a nursing home should not be taken lightly.
An estimated 2.1 million senior citizens are abused each year. This abuse can come in the form of physical abuse, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse. Studies have shown that senior citizens who have been abused often die earlier than those who have not been subjected to abuse.
Many times the senior citizens who are living in nursing homes have few, if any, immediate family members, do not live near their remaining family, or simply do not want to be a burden to their families. If they are being abused and threatened to keep quiet, more often than not they will do so out of fear for their lives. If you have a relative or friend living in a nursing home, be sure to have a conversation with them to make sure they are being treated correctly.
It is very important to keep an eye out for signs of abuse such as:
- Sore spots
- Nervous or unusual behavior
- If the elderly individual was able to leave the grounds
- Death under suspicious circumstances
Sometimes family members are informed of abuse from a senior citizen at a home, but they dismiss it due to the reputation of the nursing home. This is a critical mistake because even though the nursing home maybe rated highly, that does not mean one of the workers is incapable of doing something heinous like this. It is important to stay aware and alert to the possibility of abuse.
In the event of elderly abuse taking place there are ways to combat it. You can receive a free consultation and legal claim evaluation. If the lawyers find that there is a legitimate case, you can file a lawsuit and you and your family can be compensated.
At times, people are confused as to what exactly is defined as abuse. Abuse doesn’t only occur when a person is physically assaulted. Abuse can also occur when a person is not touched in any way or attended to at all. Neglect is a form of abuse and can be very dangerous as well. If an elderly person is left alone in their room for days on end without any one checking in and assisting them with their daily tasks, that is abuse.