Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tell-tale Signs of Abuse in Nursing Homes

There may come a time when you will have to send an elderly loved one to a nursing home or other assisted-living facility in your community. Despite promises of being visited, it can be an emotional time for someone in their twilight years to be watched by persons not of their own flesh and blood. However, the danger of personal injuries arises if the caregiver assigned to them somehow slips in their duties. There are some clues you should watch out for, as these indicate that your loved one is being put through a tough time.
Physical abuse is the most visible form, through signs like unexplained bruises or pressure sores. While marks on the wrists might come from restraints, you should investigate the cause of the marks if your elderly loved one has never been an uncontrollable person. Emotional abuse can be evident if you’re talking to your loved one and it suddenly takes them a long time to recognize you.
If your loved one exhibits any of these tell-tale signs, be prepared for the possibility that abuse might be taking place. The sexual abuse of the elderly includes making them look at pornographic material and forcing them to strip. If your loved one is supported by Social Security pensions or other retirement support assets, it can be a challenge to prove that their assigned carer used the funds for other purposes.

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