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Signs of an Abusive Nursing Home

Published on July 12th, 2018

One of the most difficult parts of being a Chicago injury lawyer is witnessing the hardships that many families must endure when they learn that a loved one was injured. Injuries can appear in all aspects of life, even when you think your loved one is safely situated in a nursing home. Here are some common signs of nursing home abuse of which you should be aware:

  • Tension between the elder and the caretaker
  • Unexplained broken bones, sprains or dislocations
  • Bruising, scars or welts
  • Unusual behavior that resembles dementia, such as rocking back and forth or thumb sucking
  • Belittling or controlling behavior by the caretaker
  • Bruising on or near private parts of the body
  • Unsafe living conditions
  • Changes in the elderly’s financial situation

As the above list exemplifies, nursing home abuse does not solely come in the physical form. There are many ways in which caretakers may take advantage of their patients. Abuse can be physical, emotional or sexual. Financial exploitation and overall neglect are also factors our Chicago injury lawyer wants you to keep in mind.

What Can You Do?

Doing your research on multiple nursing homes is an important step to take before deciding on which one is best. Look into the reviews of each potential home and ask around to see if friends or other family members have nursing homes that they trust. If you are worried that your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Chicago injury lawyers for help.

Source: Nursing Home Abuse Center

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