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4 Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

4 Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Cases of elderly neglect and abuse have risen dramatically over the years. With an increased number of Americans living in long-term care facilities, nursing home abuse has become a national concern. Watch Out for these Warning Signs To prevent further abuse from happening and to bring abusers to justice, early detection is essential. Here are 4 signs of nursing home abuse that people have to be keener about. Physical abuse warning signs Physical abuse is an intentional act of harming another person by means of bodily contact. It can include punching, pushing, shoving, biting, threats or assault, or the improper use of restraints. Victims of physical abuse are 300% more likely to die within the next 3 years, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America. Below are a few signs of physical abuse. Bruising, scarring, and other bed injuries that cannot be accounted for Unexplained broken bones or dislocation Unexplained marks on wrists (signs of being restrained) Damage of elder’s possessions such as broken glasses or bloody underclothing Questionable circumstances surrounding the death of an elder  Emotional abuse warning signs Emotional abuse entails verbal and nonverbal acts that psychologically harm the victim. It includes both aggression, such as insulting, humiliating, or demeaning behavior towards the victim, as well as ignoring the victim, and isolating them. Here are a few signs of emotional abuse. Constant fear and aggression Depression, anxiety, and isolation Improbable reasons for injury and contradicting stories Withdrawal, disorientation, is wary about talking openly Observable change in disposition Financial abuse warning signs Financial abuse involves the illegal or improper use of the patient’s material assets. Generally, people...
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