When you put a loved one in a nursing home, you would think they would receive quality care and attention from those taking care of them. Although this is the case most of the time, abuse in nursing homes is far too common. Many times your loved one is not capable of telling you what is going on, but if you know what to look for, it will be much easier to get down to the bottom of what is going on when it is not visiting hours.
Physical abuse can occur in a few different ways. Battery is what usually first comes to mind, but unnecessary restraint and malnutrition constitute as physical abuse as well. Pay careful attention to your loved one’s skin and check for bruises. Also, if they have lost a significant amount of weight, do some investigating, because it is possible they have been malnourished.
Mental and psychological abuse can happen, especially when the caregiver is impatient. Verbal abuse, forced isolation, and humiliation are all considered forms of mental and physical abuse. Signs your loved one is experiencing this type of abuse are drastic negative changes in mood, appetite loss, and unusual rate of memory loss.
Sexual abuse from both ends of the spectrum is unfortunately present in nursing homes. If your loved one seems unusually off put by a certain caretaker or does not respond well to attempts at physical displays of affection, they may be a victim of sexual abuse.
The website of Pohl & Berk says that in some cases, a nursing home can hurt rather than harm your relative or friend. It is sometimes difficult to tell if they are facing abuse, especially if they cannot verbally express that this is the case. Make sure you are visiting your loved one frequently and taking note of their state.