-Lack of basic care
-Bedsores, lesions or rashes on the skin.
-Improper levels of medication- either too much medication or not enough or any.
-Dehydration or malnourishment.
-An ongoing medical problem that has been ignored by the staff medical personnel.
-The smell of urine or visible feces on a person’s body, including the delayed changing of adult diapers/undergarments.
-Improper safety precautions- such as restraints, locks on doors or securing of the facility in general.
-Appropriate physical or mental therapy if appropriate.
Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
-Evidence of marks, swelling or bruising on the face or body with the only excuse being “that the resident falls a lot.” Evidence of Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes would include any signs of the above, such as bruising, scratches, and scrapes, lacerations on the wrists, ankles and soles of feet.
-If the resident appears to be noticeably nervous or upset, including reclusiveness when a staff member is around them. Especially, if it appears that the staff member does not leave the presence of the resident when outside visitors are with the resident.
-Any pushing, slapping, hitting, unnecessary use of restraint or prolonged use of restraint.
-Any use (or denial) of food as a form of punishment.
Sexual Abuse is also a very real possibility for nursing home residents. It is abuse when an individual participates in a sexual act with a resident in which the resident did not consent. Often times the resident is heavily medicated and incapable of giving consent, or simply cannot communicate.
The vulnerability of residents cannot be overstated. Abuse of this nature can begin with banter; escalate to touching, forced nudity, rape, sodomy, forced sex, explicit photographs to pornography.
If you suspect some form of sexual abuse of a loved one, please contact us. We can help discretely investigate your suspicions and help your loved one.
Psychological Abuses at a Nursing Home
-Bullying, physical threats, sexual threats, harassment.
-They might also include isolation of the resident, ignoring the resident or babying of the resident.
-The warning signs of these types of Psychological Abuse include the resident displaying signs of withdrawal, depression, denial, wild storytelling, panic, frantic behavior, and unprovoked rage.
Financial Abuses of Nursing Home Residents
If the caregiver in charge of the resident’s finances exploits their position by convincing the resident to allow a diverting or misappropriation of funds, personal items, or property to the caregivers personal use. This is often itself a crime, such as Financial Transaction Card Fraud, addition to Financial Abuse of the resident.
-If the employee uses the residents funds for their own use.
-If the employee is cashing checks without the knowledge of the resident.
-If the resident forges the resident’s signature in order to obtain the funds.
-If the employee coerces or tricks the resident into giving them valuable personal items such as rings, watches or other jewelry.
-If the employee coerces or tricks the resident to sign a power of attorney.
-If the employee tricks or coerces the resident into executing a legal document that the family did not discuss or is unaware of existing, such as a Will or other legal document.
Nursing Home Staff Abuse
This type of abuse includes signs that a nursing home employee might be unfit for work in a residential facility and may be mistreating or neglecting residents.
-If the employee seems to have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
-If the resident has a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
-If the employee prohibits residents from visiting with each other.
-If the employee’s version of incidents reported do not seem to match the residents’ versions of the events.