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Nursing home abuse and neglect impact seniors in many ways

Senior citizens often move into nursing facilities because they don’t want to be a burden on family members but they are unable to care for themselves. When this happens, the nursing home residents are counting on staff members to help them with their basic needs.

The possibility of nursing home neglect and abuse don’t tend to cross the minds of people vetting facilities. Most people know that there are rare cases of such neglect, but they likely assume it won’t happen to their loved ones. Unfortunately, these are a real possibility.

Physical signs

Sometimes, the physical signs of nursing home abuse and neglect are the easiest to spot. These can be obvious, such as bruising. Sometimes, they might be hidden, such as with bed sores. When it comes to the physical aspects, the senior citizen is in a tough predicament. Seniors sometimes don’t want to cause any trouble so they keep these troublesome signs to themselves, even if they are in pain. This can lead to lasting issues. A bed sore, for example, can lead to sepsis if it is left untreated and it continues to fester. This can be life threatening for an elderly individual.

Emotional and behavioral signs

Whether there are obvious physical signs of violence or not, you might notice some behavioral or emotional changes. Your loved ones might seem withdrawn due to threats from staff members. These employees might hover when the residents have company. Depression and isolation are also possible. Nursing homes should encourage socialization and help seniors stay active.

Other signals may be noticeable

It is unlikely that a nursing home is going to be silent when you visit. One red flag is when residents are crying out for help or moaning and nobody is taking action. Employees might claim that certain people always do that; however, they should still monitor the residents. Some conditions, such as bed sores, aren’t readily noticed since they often occur on the hip and buttocks. These are painful and could be causing the person discomfort. The presence of dementia and the desire to not cause problems might prevent the resident from expressing their pain in other ways.