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How to Recognize Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Fox Law Office PLLC Wants Your Elderly Loved Ones to Have Safe Lives

It’s important you know how to recognize nursing home abuse and neglect. So that’s our blog this month. Elderly loved ones are vulnerable, and often susceptible to physical abuse or emotional abuse by their caregivers. Even in nursing homes, our elderly loved ones can suffer from physical, emotional, and financial abuse or neglect. The legal services of Fox Law Office PLLC are available to protect your elderly loved ones, and compensate them if they’re victims of:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Neglect

Know the Signs of Nursing Home Physical, and Emotional Abuse Victims

The most common forms of abuse seen in nursing homes are physical abuse, emotional abuse, and financial abuse. Regardless of how nursing home abuse occurs, there are specific signs and patterns of abuse. A common thread among nursing home abuse is a drastic change in your elderly loved one’s behaviors. If a nursing home resident suddenly becomes withdrawn or easily scared, physical, emotional, or financial abuse might be a factor. Other signs of abuse include:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Fractured or Broken Bones
  • Bruises, Welts, or Scrapes
  • Broken Possessions


  • Emotional Abuse
  • Repetitive Behaviors
  • Fearful of Being Alone
  • Refusing to Take Medication


  • Financial Abuse
  • Unexplained or Inability to Remember Expenditures
  • Bills for Additional Medical or Care Costs 
  • The Resident’s Checkbook, Credit Cards, or Personal Documents Go Missing
  • Hoarding Papers and Becoming Secretive

What’s the Difference Between Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?

Neglect means failing to provide for or meet someone’s physical, emotional, and medical needs. Abuse and neglect aren’t totally the same; someone can suffer from neglect that doesn’t rise to the level of abuse. That said, someone who breaks an arm because of neglect suffered physical abuse too. An overall lack of compassion from nursing home staff members towards residents possibly indicates emotional abuse and neglect. Other signs that someone’s a victim of neglect in a nursing home include:

  • General Unkempt or Uncleanliness
  • Unexplained Weight Loss or Chronic Dehydration
  • Bed Sores
  • Excessively Soiled Diapers or Garments
  • Frequent Infections or Illnesses Not Immediately Reported to a Physician or Loved Ones
  • Failing to Provide Care for Injuries, Mobility Issues, or Required Medication Changes in a Timely Fashion
  • Consistently Unclean Room

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