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What are signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?

Nursing home abuse is one of the types of abuse that most people don't expect. After all, the people working in a nursing home knew that they'd be working with the elderly and should have been prepared for the hard work it entails.

Sadly, many nursing homes are understaffed and ill-prepared to look after the elderly. This can lead to serious concerns as accidents and injuries begin to add up.

What are some common signs of neglect in nursing homes?

If there are not enough staff members or there is a particularly negligent staff members, then you may notice signs such as:

  • The smell of urine or feces
  • Unclean environments around patients
  • Patients who have poor hygiene
  • Patients who have fallen
  • Seeing few nurses

You may also find that there are many residents who "go missing" as they're taken to hospitals to treat injuries from regular neglect.

What are some signs of nursing home abuse?

Abuse is a little more difficult to notice in some cases. However, you can keep an eye out for a few signs of abuse such as:

  • Nurses or aids who are rough with patients
  • Yelling or screaming at patients
  • The overuse of medications
  • Bruises on patients
  • Withdrawn behaviors from patients who are normally not quiet or reserved

The best way to identify if neglect or abuse is a problem in a nursing home is to make sure you're visiting the nursing home often and observing your surroundings. Even if you're not able to notice the signs right away, there is a chance that you'll notice them soon enough to help protect those in the facility.

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