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What are the red flags of nursing home abuse?

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you want to know he or she has the best possible care. According to the U.S. News, there are over 3,000,000 adults residing in nursing homes. As the numbers continue to grow, loved ones such as yourselves worry that their parents or grandparents do not receive adequate care.

In worse situations, some face outright abuse. Fortunately, there are signs to look for if you fear the worst.

Behavioral signs

Some patients do have mental health disorders or diseases such as Alzheimer’s that can affect their behavior. However, if your loved one suddenly seems agitated or afraid, it could be because of a caregiver’s actions. If your loved one typically loves socializing and seems excited upon your arrival, then one day acts reclusive or untalkative, it could be a red flag.

Physical signs

When you visit your loved one, be attentive to his or her state. You should never see your loved one in dirty, worn clothes or with dirty hair. While some medical conditions can lead to severe weight loss or cause a patient’s skin to bruise easily, make sure there is an explanation for any signs of weight loss or bruising. If your loved one has injuries, no one can explain, it is a sign of abuse.

If a caregiver leaves a patient in his or her bed, this can be a form of abuse. Patients have to move to avoid bed sores. If your loved one has bedsores, you may want to investigate the conditions further.

If you suspect abuse, you should report it immediately.

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