Nursing home abuse is ubiquitous in the world of residential nursing facilities. According to the World Health Organization, “around 1 in 6 people 60 years and older experienced some form of abuse in community settings during the past year”. This statistic shows that there is a 15.7 percent chance that your loved one will be abused when you send them away to a nursing home. It was also stated by the World Health Organization that “2 in 3 staff report that they have committed abuse in the past year”. These statistics present serious concerns for family members who can no longer provide adequate care for their loved ones.
With these numbers being at such worrisome levels, it is crucial that family members and friends of those in nursing homes look out for signs of abuse or neglect. Abuse tends to be more noticeable and easier to identify. For example, keep a close watch on physical signs of abuse which can include unexplained bruises, broken bones, scars, or welts on the body. However, there are also emotional signs of abuse to look out for such as unusual behavior and fear from your loved one or even aggressive and belittling actions by the caregiver. On the other hand, neglect may not be simple to detect. Cases of neglect are usually committed when visitors of the loved one are not present, for example, failure to feed them properly, dress them correctly for the weather, or have dirty clothes or living conditions. There are also more long-term signs that may be easier to notice after your loved one has resided at the facility for a while. They may have bedsores from not being moved enough from their bed or experience unusual weight loss, dehydration, or malnourishment.
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Family and friends know their loved ones best and by watching out for any of the signs, you may be able to save your loved one from a serious case of abuse or neglect. DLP aims to fight cases of nursing home abuse and neglect and get your loved one the justice they rightfully deserve. If you detect any of these signs, reach out to DLP today. Remember… Injury? Call DLP! (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.
“Abuse of older people”. World Health Organization, 13 June 2022, https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/abuse-of-older-people#:~:text=Key%20facts,abuse%20in%20the%20past%20year. Accessed 17 January 2023.
“Signs of Nursing Home Abuse”. Nursing Home Abuse Center, 03 March 2021, https://www.nursinghomeabusecenter.com/nursing-home-abuse/signs/. Accessed 17 January 2023.