Signs Of Abuse And Negligence In Nursing Homes

It is very important for anyone who has a loved one in the care of a nursing home or elder care facility to know and understand signs of psychological, physical and financial abuse. By being able to recognize these signs and symptoms, you can take action quickly and perhaps even prevent further abuse.

Helping Nursing Home Neglect Clients Since 1996

Since 1996, the Carter Law Offices has had notable success in representing elder abuse victims, having prosecuted dozens of cases. We serve the Kansas City metro area and surrounding counties, practicing in both Missouri and Kansas. If your elderly parent or family member suffered injury or died because of substandard care or nursing home abuse, call our Kansas City nursing home negligence lawyers at 816-283-3500 for a free case evaluation.

We know how to identify elder abuse. We have a registered nurse on staff to assist us with identifying abuse of the elderly.

The Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse: What to Look For

Remember, there are many different types of elder abuse. Signs and symptoms are not always physical and easy to spot. We believe that providing major examples can help you spot suspicious or unusual behavior.

According to the nonprofit resource Healthguide.org, the following are some examples of the signs of elder abuse:

Physical Abuse

  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, welts or scars
  • Marks on wrists, possibly from restraints
  • Fractures, broken bones, dislocations or sprains

Psychological and Emotional Abuse

  • Withdrawn and aloof
  • Change in mood
  • Signs of dementia (rocking, mumbling or sucking on thumb)
  • Display of being controlled or fearful

Financial Abuse

  • Sudden changes in financial terms
  • Large withdrawals from accounts
  • Missing cash or financial documents
  • Changes in wills, trusts or powers of attorney
  • Late/unpaid bills even though sufficient funds to pay for them

Elder Abuse in Group Homes

People who live in group homes are often totally dependent on their caretakers for their medication and their daily needs. When group home employees fail to provide for the needs of their residents, it represents an outrageous act of negligence. Oftentimes, this negligence goes unpunished and unrectified, as many group home residents are unable to recognize or communicate the injustice they have suffered.

If you believe that one of your loved ones has suffered injury or neglect while in the care of a group home, take action. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney who will review your case and help you take the next steps.

Contact Carter Law Offices If You Suspect a Loved One Is Being Abused

If you are seeing some of the above signs and symptoms of elder abuse or are suspicious of certain behavior, it is never too soon to make that phone call. Contact the Carter Law Offices online or call 816-283-3500 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We offer house calls and nursing home visits whenever necessary.