Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 1-May-2018

It is estimated that nearly two million Americans live in long-term care facilities and, unfortunately, abuse and neglect are a real problem too many of them encounter at the hands of trusted caregivers. While some signs are more obvious, others are easier to miss, especially if you are not able to frequently visit your elderly loved one. Take care to learn more about what signs you should look out for, so you can better protect your loved one and guard them against abusive or neglectful caregivers.

There are different types of abuse one can face in a nursing home. Below is a list of the most common signs associated with each form of abuse:

Physical Abuse

  • Bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Abrasions
  • Pressure marks

If your elderly loved one sustained any of these or other physical injuries that cannot be explained, or have explanations that simply do not make sense, this could be a sign that he or she is being physically abused.


  • Dirty clothing
  • Unexplained weight loss that is not related to a medical condition
  • Soiled diapers
  • Bedsores
  • Lack of necessary medical aids, such as a cane or glasses

Neglect is not always intentional. In fact, it is often the result of an understaffed facility or poorly trained caregivers who cannot adequately care for the needs of an elderly person, especially if the resident is cognitively disabled. Regardless of the reason, neglect is a serious problem and, if you feel a facility is ill-equipped to care for your loved one, you should consider moving him or her somewhere more suitable.

Verbal and Emotional Abuse

  • Withdrawn and apathetic attitude
  • Unusual behavior, including biting, thumb-sucking, or rocking
  • Nervous or fearful behavior
  • Forced isolation by caregiver
  • Strained or tense relationship with caregiver

Emotional abuse is often more difficult to detect than other forms, so always be sure to carefully observe your loved one’s behavior and relationship with his or her caregiver.

Sexual Abuse

  • Bruises around the breasts
  • Bruises around the genital area
  • Vaginal or rectal bleeding
  • Unexplained STDs
  • Flirty or touchy behavior from a caregiver
  • Depressed and withdrawn behavior

Attackers tend to look for victims who are unable to defend themselves and seniors are often vulnerable and perceived as easy targets, especially since they are less likely to report these incidents since they heavily rely on their caregivers.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Orlando

If your elderly loved one suffered abuse at the hands of a nursing home staff member or other trusted caregiver, you need to take immediate legal action. At The Maher Law Firm, our nursing home abuse attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of the elderly and are backed by a track record that includes the recovery of billions of dollars for victims of hospital negligence.

For the fierce legal representation your loved one deserves, contact our office today at (855) 338-0720 to schedule your free no-obligation case review.

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