What are some of the signs of physical abuse?
There are a number of commonly observed signs. These can include:
- Prolonged or continual deprivation of food or water
- Use of a physical or chemical restraint – or psychotropic medication – for a purpose not consistent with that authorized by the physician
- Giving too much medication
- Not giving needed medication
- Unexplained injuries
- A caretaker who is unable to adequately explain the patient's condition
- Wounds, cuts, bruises, or welts
- Slapping, pushing, shaking, or beating
- Forcing an older person to stay in a room
What are some of the signs of neglect?
Here, too, there can be multiple signs. Some of the more commonly observed ones include:
- Failure to prevent dehydration, malnutrition, and bed sores
- Failure to assist in personal hygiene, or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions
- Failure to protect patients from health and safety hazards
- Poor access to medical services
What can you do?
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, visit frequently and observe how the staff is running the facility. Speak to employees, as well as the home's director, about any concerns you may have. Write down any neglectful or negative actions you observe while visiting. Finally, call an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your concerns. The lawyers at Babbitt, Johnson, Osborne & Le Clainche have handled many nursing home abuse cases and have the experience, skills, and legal savvy not just to assist you with your case – but to give you the best possible chance for recovery, and resolution.