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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

The mere mention of nursing home abuse is enough to send shivers down the spine, especially if you have a loved one who has been placed in the hands of a care facility. There are a number of reasons why nursing home abuse may take place, but there is no excuse for it. The elderly and disabled who have been placed in these facilities are vulnerable, often fragile, and frequently incapable of standing up for themselves. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused, whether physically, emotionally, or sexually, it is essential that you take quick and immediate action to provide them with the protection that they need. The attorneys at Philly Justice can provide you with legal guidance, counsel and representation to take all of the appropriate actions to keep your loved one safe and get them the compensation that they deserve for any harm that they have suffered.

The first step in protecting your loved one from nursing home abuse is to know what to look out for. There are a number of signs of nursing home abuse, with the following being among the most common:

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse, which is defined as the use of force, results in injury and physical pain. Signs include unexplained bruises, welts, scars or burns, and are of particular concern if they appear symmetrical (on both sides of the body). Any broken bones, sprains or dislocations should be questioned. Even something as seemingly innocuous as broken eyeglasses can be cause for concern. Pay particular attention if a caregiver refuses to allow you to spend time alone with your loved one, as they may be trying to prevent them from detailing the abuse.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse takes place when a caregiver causes emotional pain or distress by speaking to the patient or treating them in a way that is intimidating or humiliating.  It can be a result of ignoring the person, isolating them, or terrorizing them. Among the most common indications that a person has been emotionally abused in a nursing home are rocking or mumbling to oneself.

Sexual Abuse

Any sexual contact that takes place without a person’s consent is abuse. This can include acts done to the person physically or even showing them pornographic material, being exposed to others having sex, forcing the patient to undress, and even speaking to them of sexual acts. Signs can range from bruising and bleeding in the genitals or breasts, torn or bloody underclothing or sheets, and the patient being diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases.

The thought that your loved one may be subjected to these types of acts is a horror, and that is why it is incumbent on loved ones to take action at the first sign of abuse. The attorneys at Philly Justice are passionate about providing the most vulnerable among us with the most aggressive legal representation. Contact us today for more information on how we can help.