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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Due to the fact that many residents in nursing homes may have limited abilities to communicate, it is necessary to identify signs of nursing home abuse when visiting a friend or family member who is a resident at the home. Abuse in nursing homes can be in different forms including physical, emotional and verbal, and neglect. Some of the signs of physical abuse in the nursing home can include assault, deprivation of food or water, giving too much or too little medication, unreasonable physical restraint, cuts and bruises, and beatings. Some signs of emotional and verbal abuse can include the resident being seriously upset, behaving unusually, isolated from other residents, or not wanting to communicate with anyone. Signs of neglect in the nursing home can include physical neglect, lack of care for medical conditions, failing to help in daily aspects of life such as clothing, providing food, and personal hygiene, and failure to protect from safety hazards. Other warning signs of nursing home abuse include broken bones from falls, serious injuries that require hospitalization, a patient being heavily sedated, rapid weight loss or gain, and an unexplainable death. Nursing home abuse lawyers understand that these signs of nursing home abuse should not be ignored.


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