When you put an elder in the care of someone else, you want them to have the proper care. Elder abuse is more common than one would expect. Many elders feel that they can’t talk about any improper behavior as they feel more of their freedoms will be taken away or that they will suffer even worse consequences. Though a troubling thought, it’s important to be aware of the different signs of elder abuse if you have a loved one in a nursing home.
Signs of Elder Abuse
If you believe that your loved one is being abused, keep an eye out for the following behaviors:
- Behavioral Changes. You may have noticed your loved one being skittish or evasive when you greet them. If there is a sudden shift in behavior without a cause, there could be something wrong. This could be a sign that your loved one has experienced abuse.
- Physical bruises and aches. Make sure to keep an eye out for new bruises. Your loved one may be covering bruises or not going into greater detail about his or her injury.
- Refusing help. You notice that your loved one is losing weight rapidly or struggling to find a precious item and won’t accept help for it. When you offer to help them, he or she may blame losing items on themselves. He or she may not be eating well or may develop a particular disdain for food. These are two indicators of lack of attention and elder abuse.
- Signs of neglect can include food on your loved one’s clothing or smelling of urine or feces. If your loved one has been wearing the same clothes for more than one day, this can also be a sign of neglect.
Questions About Elder Abuse?
If you believe that your loved one is being abused, you should call an attorney to help you with any legal decision as you move forward. The trusted San Jose personal injury lawyers at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP can help you today. Call (408) 956-6949 or fill out our online contact form.