Nursing Home Abuse Can Take Many Forms

As you move your Mom into a nursing home, you may worry she will be abused or neglected. So, you watch her carefully as she settles into the nursing home routine. You don’t see any obvious signs of abuse, so you think everything is fine. However, and unfortunately, nursing home abuse can take many forms, some of them very easy to miss. If you are concerned about a loved one who lives in a nursing facility, the following information may help.

Psychological

Abuse through emotional or psychological means can be difficult to catch. This type of abuse includes:

  • Insulting or demeaning language,
  • Isolation,
  • Threats and intimidation, and

Your loved one may seem quiet or withdrawn or upset and easily agitated. If you notice any unusual behavior, find out if he or she is being emotionally abused.

Physical

We mentioned above that some signs of physical abuse are obvious. However, also watch for the following signs of abuse:

  • Welt marks,
  • Sprains,
  • Grogginess from overmedication,
  • Broken glasses, hearing aids, or other property, and
  • Unexplained genital bleeding or infection.

Protect your loved by acting immediately if you notice signs of physical abuse.

Financial

Yes, illegally using an elderly person’s assets or property may be considered abuse. Any of the following actions could be signs of financial abuse:

  • Money goes missing from bank accounts;
  • Using an ATM card without permission;
  • Adding new names to bank accounts and credits cards;
  • Being charged for services that were not necessary or were not provided;
  • Transferring property to strangers or people who are not related;
  • Valuables and personal property disappear from his or her room.

Financial abuse can be stopped. Your loved one may be able to get compensation for financial losses.

Have You or a Loved One Been Injured Due to Nursing Home Abuse?

If you suspect nursing home neglect or abuse, get help immediately. Reporting the injury may prevent additional injuries, preserve your loved one’s rights, and safeguard evidence.

At Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC, we have over 20 years’ experience helping clients with nursing home injuries and neglect. Schedule a free initial consultation with Osvaldo Rodriguez, a lawyer who has dedicated his career to assisting people like you. Just call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the Contact form on our website. We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Cook, DuPage, Will, and Kane Counties.

Mr. Rodriguez is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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