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Signs of nursing home abuse

If you have a loved one in an Arizona nursing home, it is very important that you watch closely for signs of abuse. Since elderly patients must rely on their caregivers and sometimes have limited contact with the outside world, it can be easy for abuse to go unnoticed. We at the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills are committed to making sure your loved one is protected. We have provided this guide to detail some of the signs of abuse that can be difficult to spot.

 

According to NextAvenue.org, you should pay close attention to any unexplained injuries. While elderly patients are often frail, falls can occur if the victim is being neglected and decides to get up and do things alone. Mobility will also be lost if the staff is leaving your loved one in bed for long periods of time. In some cases, physical abuse can even be occurring and blamed on a fall.

 

Verbal abuse may not leave any visual scars, but can cause residents to become withdrawn, resentful or angry. Again, this can be easily attributed to depression from being housed in a nursing home, but may be actually caused by neglect or emotional abuse. Any incidents of withdrawal or depression should be taken very seriously.

 

Another sign of neglect can be unsanitary living conditions or poor personal hygiene. Overstaffed nursing homes may not take proper care of your loved one and can cause infections or disease. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.

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