Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

The role of nursing homes in providing care for elderly individuals who cannot live on their own is an increasingly important one, as the aging of America’s population requires more and more families to consider this option. While nursing homes do provide an invaluable service, they also come with risks. In particular, nursing home abuse is a troubling phenomenon that affects a substantial number of elderly people across the country.

Nursing home abuse can take many forms, and the sad truth is that it can often be difficult for family members to recognize this problem, especially if their relative has problems communicating effectively. For this reason, it is important that families whose loved ones live in a nursing home be able to identify the warning signs that may indicate that nursing home abuse is occurring.


The following are among the most commonly recognized warning signs that demonstrate that abuse may have occurred:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Swift or unexplained changes in emotional state
  • Appearance of bedsores or cuts and bruises
  • Moodiness / withdrawal

These and other warning signs may be an early indicator that your relative has been the victim of abuse, and need to be taken seriously.

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If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, it may be necessary to take legal action in order to pursue justice and end the abuse. Contact the Charleston legal team at the Steinberg Law Firm today by calling 843-720-2800 to learn more about what we can do to help.

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