According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), up to ten percent of adults over 65 years of age will face nursing home neglect, exploitation, or other forms of elder abuse. However, the NCEA admits that their sampling sizes are small and the actual number of elder abuse victims is still unknown.
Elder abuse is one of the most awful things a family can face, but hundreds of thousands of families are forced to address it every year. While it is not always possible to stop the abuse before it happens, it is possible to take swift action at its first signs. Knowing what to look for can help protect your loved one and be used to build a case to get justice for your family.
Signs of Abuse and Neglect
Signs of physical and sexual elder abuse include:
- Unexplained injuries
- Broken bones, bruises, or lacerations
- Bleeding around the genitalia or anus
Signs of neglect may include:
- Malnourishment or dehydration
- Over or under medication
- Unsanitary conditions
- Bed sores
Signs of emotional abuse may include:
- A withdrawal from the nursing home community
- Fear around staff
- Behavioral changes
- Mood swings
- Depression or aggression
Signs of emotional abuse also commonly accompany physical and sexual abuse, making any change in your loved one’s behavior something that should be investigated.
Experienced nursing home abuse attorneys Jim Leach understand how devastating it can be to discover your loved one is being mistreated. We will act swiftly to protect your loved one and aggressively fight to ensure your family gets the justice you deserve.
If you suspect a loved one is suffering elder abuse or neglect, please contact Jim Leach, Attorneys at Law today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Charleston, West Virginia nursing home abuse attorneys.