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SIGNS THAT MAY INDICATE NEGLECT OR ABUSE

Bedsores

Also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, bedsores range from merely uncomfortable to severely painful and life-threatening. Causes of bedsores include friction burns, lack of movement, or exposure to moisture over a long period of time. Make sure your loved one is being rotated in bed and cleaned up frequently.

Suspicious Bruises

Bruises around the wrists, arms, and neck could indicate caregiver abuse. Restraints may leave belt- or rope-like marks as well.

Multiple Falling Injuries

Investigate any injury your loved one experiences. If the same explanation is used repeatedly, then this may be a sign that he or she is being physically abused.

Medication Errors

When the wrong medication is prescribed, countless problems could result—or even death. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide website, studies show that 37 percent of all medical errors experienced by nursing home residents are medication errors. Consult your pharmacist to make sure your medication matches your illness.

Dehydration

If a nursing home resident is not adequately supervised or if not enough staff are available to supervise drinking behaviors, then family members may notice dry skin, dry mouth, persistent thirst, or canker sores. In other cases, disorientation, low blood pressure, or panting may indicate severe dehydration.

Malnutrition

Keep an eye out for bedsores, frequent infections, and sudden weight loss. All these may be signs that your loved one is malnourished.

Unsanitary Conditions

When nursing home staff is busy or simply lacking in numbers, hygiene may soon be neglected. Germs can spread when bathrooms are not properly sanitized, when nurses forget to wash their hands before going on to another patient, or when kitchen staff fail to dress properly or handle food safely.

* While these are not the only possible signs of abuse, nor are they guaranteed to indicate neglect or abuse, but these are common indicators.

if you suspect abuse or neglect

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Seek Medical Attention

If you suspect elder mistreatment, it’s vital to enlist the help of outside health care providers ASAP. Providers must first stabilize the patient’s condition and address any serious psychological issues. Your suspicions can be confirmed, and medical records will back up your case.

Document Everything

Document times, dates, and hospital visits. Gather all records possible, even dating from before your loved one was admitted to the nursing home.
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Alert the Authorities

According to the Federal Government’s Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States have been reported for cases of abuse and neglect. These cases are becoming more common as nursing homes are putting emphasis on making profit rather than on taking care of their patients.

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PHYSICAL
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A physical or chemical restraint limits movement and restricts access to your own body. Nursing homes may not use any restraints excessively, nor for discipline or the staff’s convenience.

 

Doctors should issue restraints for nursing home residents only when (1) it is medically necessary, (2) all other methods have failed, or (3) other residents must be kept safe. If a restraint is ordered, the doctor is required to notify the resident’s contact.