April 11, 2014
Wrapping up our three-part blog Nursing Home Abuse: 5 Warning Signs to Beware Of, here are the final two signs of nursing home abuse and neglect that families should consider giant red flags. If you notice your loved one exhibiting any of the warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, make sure you intervene, grill nursing home staff about what is going on and strongly consider reporting the abuse to the authorities.
Along with emotional withdrawal, physical injuries and bedsores (as discussed in the previous installments of this blog), other signs of nursing home abuse and neglect commonly include:
- Your loved one seeming especially quiet or afraid around a certain person – Showing signs of anxiety or clamming up when a specific person is around can be a telltale sign of nursing home abuse. If your loved one is otherwise talkative or animated when you are around and then suddenly shuts down when another specific person enters the room, be suspicious and start asking questions about the relationship between your loved one and that other person.
- Your loved one losing a lot of weight in a short period of time – Although some residents may have medical conditions or illnesses that can cause them to lose weight, you should be concerned about the possibility of nursing home abuse and neglect when your loved one drops a lot of weight in a short period of time and there is no medical explanation for this phenomenon.
Substantial weight loss can indicate that someone has:
- Been sexually, physically or emotionally abused and is manifesting that trauma through a loss of interest in food (among other things)
- Been neglected in nursing homes because, for instance, staff are failing to help feed residents (particularly those who have impairments that prevent them from being able to feed themselves).
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