April 8, 2014
As a continuation of Nursing Home Abuse: 5 Warning Signs to Beware Of (Part 1), some more important warning signs of nursing home abuse will be discussed below.
As mentioned in Part 1 of this blog, when you notice any of these signs of nursing home abuse, don’t hesitate to:
- Immediately start asking staff questions about what has happened.
- Contact law enforcement to report the abuse.
- Call the Denver nursing home abuse lawyers at Cristiano Law for help holding the abusers liable in civil court.
In addition to physical injuries, additional common warning signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Your loved one being emotionally withdrawn from you – If you notice that your otherwise animated, engaged or lively loved one has suddenly become emotionally withdrawn from you, don’t shrug off this change as simply an “off day” for your loved one.
Such withdrawal is commonly associated with abuse, and it may be the only sign of nursing home abuse for residents who may have impairments that prevent them from being able to remember or communicate the abuse to their loved one (because, for example, they are battling dementia or Alzheimer’s disease).
- Your loved one developing bed sores or infections – Bed sores, which may also be called pressure ulcers, can be an indication that your loved one is being seriously neglected by nursing home staff. These wounds develop over a period of time as pressure on a certain area of the body compounds and wears away the skin. In most cases, bed sores develop on angled, bony parts of the body, like at the heels, hips, shoulder blades, elbows, etc.
When nursing home residents are left in bed for extended periods of time and staff do not tend to them (by, for instance, not bathing them or rotating them if they can’t move), bed sores are far more likely to arise.
If you notice bed sores on your loved one, take this sign seriously, and ask staff about when these developed and what is being done to treat them.
Don’t miss the final part of this blog for a discussion regarding two more warning signs of nursing home abuse.
The Denver Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Cristiano Law, LLC Are Here for You
If you recognize any of the warning signs of nursing home abuse, don’t wait to contact the Denver nursing home abuse attorneys at Cristiano Law, LLC. They are ready to put their experience and resources to work for you.
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