Always Be on the Lookout for Signs of Abuse in Loved Ones at Nursing Homes
Finding out that their loved one is being abused or neglected while living in a nursing home is a situation that no one ever wants to face. The possibility of this scenario often weighs heavily on family members when they decide to move their loved ones into nursing homes, but they hope it never comes to pass. Unfortunately, nearly one-in-four nursing home residents is abused at least once while living in a care facility.
When you visit your loved one, it’s important to keep a close eye on them and always be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect. Check for the following:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or wounds—These can indicate that your loved one is being physically abused or even restrained against their will.
- Weight loss or dehydration—Residents may be abused or neglected by caregivers who withhold food and water from them because or negligence or as “punishment.”
- Anxiety and fear—Residents who are abused or neglected may come to fear staff members and caregivers. If you notice your loved one suddenly appears nervous or gets quiet around certain employees, it may be because they’re a victim of abuse.
As soon as you suspect nursing home abuse, it’s essential to get in touch with an experienced Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyer. At Skolrood Law Firm, we can begin collecting evidence to build your family’s compensation claim right away. Contact us today for a free consultation.