Nursing Home Abuse and How To Detect It

A nursing home abuse is any form of criminal offense that deprives the residents of nursing homes of their freedom or misappropriation of funds and neglect.

To detect nursing home abuse in your loved ones, here are a few types of mistreatment that can happen in an elderly care facility as well as how to spot them.

Physical Abuse

This is the easiest to detect. It is legally defined as any unnecessary or non-accidental act of force against the elderly. It also includes overdosing the patient and even neglect of ideal care. Scratches, swelling, unexplained bruises or any other body markings may be signs of a patient being abused. Noticeable gauntness, fatigue, and muscle atrophy are other signs that you should be on the look for.

Financial exploitation

This is perhaps the most common type of abuse in senior care facilities. Since the elderly are so reliable to the caregivers, they become vulnerable to identity theft, healthcare fraud, credit card fraud and other types of scams.

You can protect the finances of your loved ones by limiting the facility’s accessibility to bank account information unless authorized by you.

Emotional Abuse

This one may not be as obvious as physical violence, but it can be very detrimental to the well-being of a loved one. Emotional abuse happens when the abuser intentionally causes the patient to experience anxiety or stress. Shouting, isolating the patient, using threatening language and verbal ridicule are all signs of emotional abuse.

Since the harm caused by emotional abuse is not physical, it can be hard to detect. A few ways to tell if your loved one is experiencing this form of abuse is if they seem to act differently than usual, the caregiver is never in the room when you visit or seem to be intentionally isolating themselves.