Virginia Elder Abuse Lawyers: Detecting Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Have you noticed any of the following in your loved one who resides in a nursing home?
· Cuts, bruises, broken bones, sprains, or other physical signs that they are being hit or neglected.
· Signs of poor hygiene - dirty hair or soiled sheets, dirty rooms, insect problems.
· Signs of malnutrition or dehydration, or lack of proper amounts of food when you visit during meal times. Weight loss.
· The presence of physical restraints - or even simply bed sheet tucked too tightly around patients to restrict movement.
· Nervous staff members who don't leave you alone in the room with your loved one or who delay or refuse your visits.
· Acute stiffness, frozen joints, skin infections, and bedsores - signs that your loved one is not being cared for, turned and monitored.
· A lack of supervision, or basic inattention, which could lead to patients leaving the grounds or hurting themselves without staff knowledge.
· Unsafe grounds or rooms that do not protect elder or ailing patients.
· Overmedication, either to keep your loved one from needing attention or to keep your loved one from reporting abuse or neglect.
· Stolen or missing items in your loved one's room, or missing money from loved one's accounts.
· Sudden changes in your loved one's demeanor, especially emotional withdrawal.
· The sudden appearance of venereal disease or bleeding or tearing in the genital region.